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Hi all,

I'm ripping my media collection to my server and I was wondering if I needed to keep the 2.0 audio stream for stereo playback? Or is TrueHD enough and also have a stereo track in it? Does the same apply for DVDs?

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Hi all,
I'm ripping my media collection to my server and I was wondering if I needed to keep the 2.0 audio stream for stereo playback? Or is TrueHD enough and also have a stereo track in it? Does the same apply for DVDs?
Thanks!
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I think this primarily depends on what device(s) you're sending the video to.

If you're HTPC is hooked up to an A/V Receiver capable of handling TrueHD, and you have your HTPC audio codecs all configuered properly, I believe TrueHD will work.

If you're trying to send this to an XBox 360 Extender, I don't believe it will work no matter what HTPC codecs you have installed and no matter what kind of A/V Receiver the Xbox is connected to.


I could be wrong, but that's my understanding.
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You don't have to keep 2.0. You can decode HD audio/DD/DTS, then downmix to stereo, for example, with LAV Audio Decoder.
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Thanks for the reply, guys.

So ultimately, it may be best to keep it for devices that can't handle TrueHD, right? I'd rather not have to complicate a setup to save a little bit of space. I'll just keep it in. smile.gif

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Hi all,
I'm ripping my media collection to my server and I was wondering if I needed to keep the 2.0 audio stream for stereo playback? Or is TrueHD enough and also have a stereo track in it? Does the same apply for DVDs?
Thanks!
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Are you going to be playing on a PC?

I have a Logitech Revue - it can't handle DTS, DTA-MA, or True HD. None of those will play at all. I did a few movies where I made an mkv with both the HD audio track as the main one and a 2.0 AAC track as a secondary one, but I just don't watch enough movies in the room the Revue is in to make that worth my while on every film.

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As-is I'll be using a PC, but I'd like to plan for a bit of flexibility in case I use something different in the future. smile.gif So I'll just rip the HD and 2/0. Probably doesn't take up a ton of extra room, anyway. Maybe a gig per movie? I've not even checked yet. Ha!

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