Originally Posted by CDLehner
Well, I had never tried it myself...it was something that I thought I read. And it turns out you're right Kal; and wrong, but also a little right...lol.
I tested a track from my multi-track 24/96 rip of Greendale
, and it "played"; it streamed
. Now, I couldn't hear much in my 2-channel rig...some muffled-sounding bass notes, like a movie soundtrack through 2 channels.
...but it doesn't "downmix" in any substantial way; and I guess, unless you had a mix that had a lot of L-R info, it's no kind of option.
I wanted to follow-up on this. As I said, I'm not a multi-channel guy like our friend Kal here; but with recently starting to pull the hi-res, 2-channel tracks off DVD-A...I have been keeping
certain multi-channel releases as well, just in case I ever
want to stream them to a suitable solution.
So when this issue came up...as to whether the Touch would stream them or not...I decided to try one that I had ripped. I reported that, it didn't really "work", because through my 2-channel rig all I heard was some "rumbling" and distant vocals...like a movie soundtrack through a 2-channel rig. I assumed I was getting the LF and RF, but even posted I was surprised there wasn't more information to be had in those channels; after all, this wasn't a movie soundtrack, where sometimes those channels are
barren...this was a music recording, where certainly there should be plenty of info to be had up front.
Well, it turns out...pulling those multi-channel tracks out of DVD-A Explorer...there's a C/LFE track and then a LF/RF/LS/RS track; and it turns out, when I thought I was testing multi-channel track 1...as a whole
...I was only playing the C/LFE portion. No wonder it sounded the way it did! LOL
So I guess now I'm wondering how...or if...you can (easily) rip the multi-channel from DVD-A? Maybe DVD-A Explorer has an option to merge the C/LFE and LF/RF/LS/RS into one file? If it turns out it can be done easily, I'll test the Touch again...but if it turns out, it can
be done, but it involves this other ripper, and this other software for the merge, etc...I'll pass, as like I said...I'm not really a multi-channel guy.
But I am curious about the Touch's capability here. For example, it will play
the LF/RF/LS/RS track...even though that's got 4 channels of info...and I am getting "normal" info out of the LF/RF in my 2-channel rig. Someone test this in their multi-channel rig? I'm sure you've got files, but if for some reason you need one, let me know. At the very least...even if I don't go to the trouble of merging the C/LFE and LF/RF/LS/RF files, I'd be curious to know if the Touch passed all 4 channels of the LF/RF/LS/RS track. If it did, I'd see no reason to believe it wouldn't pass all 6, for someone who did take the time to merge the files.
EDIT- OK, edit; don't mind me...I've said many times, I am not
a multi-channel guy. So, of course, what I was talking about was the C/LFE being on one group
of a track, and the LF/RF/LS/RS on another. And the optiion in DVD-A Explorer to pull them as one
is simply "merge groups"; duh. So I'm doing it, and I'll test it on my Touch...but again, this'll just be to my 2-channel rig. I have no doubt it'll play
...and I'll get the LF and RF...but we still need someone to confirm or not if the Touch will pass discrete