Originally Posted by Craig Mecak
I've been thinking about this, and what's preventing Apple from decoding ATMOS internally inside the Apple TV, adding system sounds, then Re-encoding it into ATMOS (or 7.1.4 etc) via Dolby Digital Plus on the output? Win Win. Not perfect, but would suit most people.
They currently re-code for LPCM, which does not recognize metadata, (you probably already know this), but, I'm not sure what you're saying would work considering the mixed audio...what format is that in, how would it mix in? (It's not a pro mixer). Plus, if they decode DD+ then mix and recode for DD+ wouldn't they then have to pay license for encoding their mixed audio for DD+? (licensing
) ...And they may only have the hardware for DD/DD+ decoding, not for encoding (encoding to LPCM is free of licensing).
I don't see why they can't just let pass-thru work while content is being played (as an option), seems simple enough to me. So, it may have to pause the content when engaging siri, a small price to pay for getting better audio.
Originally Posted by ggw2000
I sincerely hope that when someone has an Apple TV 4K in hand that they start a new thread for "owners" of the ATV 4K. Maybe then all this "atmos"/etc. will go away and actual operation/etc will commence
There are no functional differences between the ATV 4 & ATV 4K, so, really not necessary, only difference is UHD content ability, faster processor for gaming. No other differences, (they both handle audio the same way).
FYI: Apple User Guide (iBook) for Apple TV has been updated for iOS 11, includes both ATV & ATV 4K in one guide. Although, there are no tech specs and still no updated support articles yet (on Apple's support site). https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/app...50195582?mt=11
Left pic ATV, right pic ATV 4K: