Originally Posted by phie
How do I know I'm getting the audio I want? I checked mediainfo to verify the audio codecs are what they should be, but in Ubuntu's sound preferences, I selected under hardware: "Digital Surround 5.1 HDMI Output". I only have 5 speakers, so what does that mean? My receiver says multi channel in. How do I make sure that the video is playing the best audio codec, say for instance DTS-HD that is ripped for 7.1 channels but since I only have 5 channels, it'll still play DTS-HD.... (does that make sense?)
Your receiver should tell you on the display what kind of sound format it's receiving, at least most receivers do.
I'm connecting my PC via hdmi- I could do optical if necessary?
HDMI has higher bandwidth so is preferable, optical can only do DD/DTS 5.1, not HD audio.
Also sometimes I see "blocks" in the video I am watching. I wouldn't call it choppy because it isn't skipping, just blocks of area in my video that isn't rendering (stays one color). Do I need to install some drivers? Or what's going on?
What software are you using? Is this with the Intel GPU? It could be a decoding problem.