Originally Posted by audit13
I run everything from the Pivos Aios to my receiver using hdmi. I know of no inexpensive media player, including the Aios, that can convert the bitrate or sampling frequency before sending it out via hdmi or optical.
The Pivos Aios converts flac files to lpcm before outputting the signal, regardless of what settings you use for hmdi or optical.
The conversion of 48/24 audio tracks, as commonly found on DTS-HD and TrueHD soundtracks, to other bit rates and sampling frequencies would require a lot of processing power. SACDs using a base sampling frequency of 44.1 which yields 88.1, 176.4. DVD-A, TrueHD, and DTS-HD use a base sampling frequency of 48 which yields 96 and 192. Changing from one to the other does, in my opinion, degrade the audio quality.
Any reason you need to re-sample the signal to 44, 88, and 176?
Hy audit13, I am no expert in lossless audio, but Ive been told that 48KHz is mainly used for movies, but flac is normally at 44.1, 88, 96, 176, 192KHz, its rare to find flac at 48KHz, most flac are 44.1, that is why its better to set it nativey at 44.1Khz, they also say its better to send it PCM so that the Anthem can equalize with ARC and get the best sound possible.
If you have the Pivos Aios I also sugest you try to conect it to the Anthem receiver using coaixal, this friend of mine from Spanish forums that is quite an expert tell me that the diference is quite noticable and better through coaxial.
I must say that till recently ive been using my Ps3 with Ps3 Media Server software for reading Flac files from my PC, now it has stoped working and I cant get the software to conect to my Ps3, others have experienced the same problems, and maybe its because of some ps3 filware update.
I also have a Dune HD Smart D1 that is a totally amazing media player for MKV, fullbluray iso, but its conected to the receiver through HDMI, and the HDMI only output of the Anthem goes to my projector, that is why I need another player just for flac, so I can conect it to the receiver via Coaxial (if possible) or optical, and send the picture to my tv directly from the media player through HDMI.
I dont know of other media players with coaixal output, that is why I am considering the Pivos Aros, would happy to hear your impresiones, if it sounds good etc.., for example my Dune also reads flac but every time I select a song there is a slight cut/noise at the begining.