The decoder that supports the codec. If your not bit streaming then everything is sent as multi channel (L)PCM to your receiver/amp. FLAC is also a standard - similar to DTS, AC3, etc. its a Loss-less compression, DTS, AC3 are a Lossy compressions. They both are audio codecs just different implementations. Lossy is to MP3 (upon decompression there is a change from original but still good) as Lossless is to WinZIP (upon decompression there is NO change to the origial) FLAC is a superior codec as it can handle higher frequency range and a higher bit rate (more data) then AC3 and DTS. DTS, AC3 (DD) render the original sound very differently using different algorithms - some more efficient then others. TrueHD, DTS-MA, etc. can have additional meta data associated with it that gives it also more distinct ("real") sound. FLAC since its key target is towards replicating the original sound does not have these "enhancements" and from a bit to bit quality vs size perspective is superior to even TrueHD, DTS-MA, etc.
Since the bandwidth requirement is similar to TrueHD, DTS-MA it requires HDMI - SPDIF is not supported.
And yes... FLAC CAN BE played on your TV as long as it complies with the 1.1 HDMI spec - most do - again.. FLAC is a codec which once decoded is repented as (L)PCM. You are just very accustom to your receiver doing the decoding which is not always needed or the case.
You may ask why would you encode in FLAC? FLAC is a GREAT alternative for taking the original TrueHD (Hi Def audio stream) and having a bit to bit quality representation without the size overhead OR down mixing of the stream. FLAC is not a variable bit rate compression thus the stream should not
be altered from the original. TrueHD, DTS-MA, etc. CAN be altered upon rendering - in other words even though the original stream of TrueHD data is 96khz 24bit the renderer (not decoder) COULD limit the output to 48Khz 16 bit.. Being a HTPC guy for the most part this is why MOST use FLAC as their preferred codec for all their MKVs.
1. M2TS is very large if original
2. Remuxed M2TS that have the original audio track are down converted due to PAP. For TrueHD, DTS-MA the player MUST have the license to properly decode and render the audio in its origial form. If it doesnt then PAP (protected audio path) kicks in and is automatically down converted to a lower Frequency and Bit rate.
3. MKV only supports AAC (lossless compression), AC3 (lossless compression), DTS(lossless compression) and all are not 96khz - 24bit. FLAC is the ONLY codec that gives you the true quality of the hi def audio in a MKV container - which is why I dont understand why these players dont support this.
FLAC is your way around these limitations...
Has anyone ever tested these NMT/Media Player devices to see if your getting 96Khz/24 Bit for movies that support this?
Originally Posted by telemike
How do you listen to multi-channel FLAC? Is it only transported over HDMI or can coax/optical carry the signal?
What decodes it into multi-channel surround? I don't see FLAC listed on any AVR that I've seen. Dolby Digital and DTS are standards....
Unless you want it downmixed to Stereo which TV's and Home Theater AVR's can play?