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post #31 of 42 Old 10-19-2013, 05:15 PM
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Mpc hc has a wasapi audio renderer but I think its buggy.
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Mpc hc has a wasapi audio renderer but I think its buggy.

Thanks!

Unlike the other players, it doesn't explicitly show WASAPI as an option. I discovered (by Web search) that you have to seledt "MPC Output Renderer" in the "Playback Output" menu. You're right about it being buggy, too. E.g. when you "Stop" playback, it generates a loud "staccato" noise in the output. frown.gif

This was with MPC-HC v1.7.0

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JRiver Media Center can output using WASAPI Exclusive among many other ouput modes, and directly output the right number of channels if so desired. Its not free, though.
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There's a free trial. So you can see if it solves your problem (for free) - then purchase it if you want.
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mpc be has a wasapi renderer that works. it is called mpc audio renderer.

with mpc hc, you are best off using reclock.
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JRiver Media Center can output using WASAPI Exclusive among many other ouput modes, and directly output the right number of channels if so desired. Its not free, though.

Further, I've found iJRiver Media Center's in-built upmixer called JRSS, to be superior to Dolby PLIIx, or any format my receivers have, My stereo music and 5.1 movies are upmixed to 7.1 using JRSS and then sent as PCM to my receivers, which then apply DTS Neo:X to add height and wide channels to mix up to 11.1. The results are pretty impressive for music and video.


IIRC: Another advantage of JRSS is that if the media file is being played from within its own library, it knows whether it's a music file, a tv show/movie or a music video, and it will subtly change the upmix profile. Therefore a music video, even though it's a video file, will receive the same upmixing algorithm as a music file. Further, you can specify various DSPs and specify rules in ZoneSwitch to apply different playback rules, e.g. output channels, or ouput device based on the rules.

So, not free, but stupendously customisable.
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mpc be has a wasapi renderer that works. it is called mpc audio renderer.

with mpc hc, you are best off using reclock.

You do have to be sure to download the most recent version, but indeed MPC-BE v 1.2.1.0 -3592 works fine!

In case people haven't noticed, I'm updating the initial post in this thread to include a list of freeware players that I know play stereo files using 2.0 HDMI channels.

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THANK YOU, thank you, thank you... for this analysis. Just 4 years after buying 5.1 surround, I can play all the audio and video from PC the way it was supposed to be played (MPC BE for me). Stereo upmixed by receiver to all channels using DPLII, multichannel movies playing all channels.
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You're very welcome smile.gif

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If I choose the "disable all enhancements," in my playback device settings, I get no LFE from my sub when playing WMA Lossless files using Windows Media Player. I DO get LFE when playing FLAC 5.1 files.

If I uncheck Disable Enhancements box and select "Bass Management" box, I do get LFE from my sub when playing WMA Lossless files. However, it sounds awful compared with when my AVR handles bass management.

Is there a way to make this work?
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I just wrote a long response to your other thread. Hopefully it'll help. Basically, your description is consistent with bass management being disabled in your receiver. I.e. someone might have changed the speaker settings to "Large". They should be "Small".

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Pretty much an issue of user error. :-) See here for more.
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