Originally Posted by bungie240
HI, need some technical advice.
I use the media server function on the GT50, but when streaming a movie from my pc I get no DTS HD sound, is this a limitation of ARC? If so is there away around it?
My tv has a wired internet connection through homeplugs (aka powerline), I can select the file and it plays perfectly but no sound when a high def sound format is selected...HELP
Two things here.
First, the ARC (Audio Return Channel) is part of the HDMI connection, only. It doesn't come into the picture (no pun intended) unless you are connecting devices via HDMI. So in your case with streaming files from a home network the HDMI connection isn't even being used.
Second, and more importantly, the GT50 does not have a DTS decoder. Any files sent to the GT50 by any method that have a DTS sound track will have no audio. If you try to play the file directly from the TV from a USB hard drive or SD card it will give you a message about "incompatible" or "unknown" audio format.
I ran into this road block; it was very short sighted by Panasonic to not include DTS on its high end TV's. Most HD video is encoded with high bit rate DTS audio tracks and a few other popular compressed formats like AAC but the GT50 only has support for the most basic AC3 (Dolby Digital). Panasonic includes DTS on all of its disk players because they would have been laughed out of the industry if they hadn't, but they cheaped out on the TV's.
You have a couple of options. You can run a converter program that will down-convert DTS to AC3 on your PC and resave the movie with the lower quality AC3 sound track or you can bypass the TV's media player with a stand alone media player that has a DTS decoder. The external media players attach to the TV via HDMI and play the full DTS audio through your AV system or can pass a stereo signal to the TV speakers.
I liked the idea of streaming from my laptop, initially. Once you start running into audio incompatibilities, video format incompatibilities, hurky-jerky 1080p video, "media server not found" errors, file size limitations, etc. Streaming media via the DLNA server route is just not very effective. I picked-up a Pivos Aios HD media box on sale with a rebate for $60. It plays everything I have put into it, it upscales everything to 1080p, and it doesn't rely on anything else. Yes, it also has the capability to be a DLNA client, run Apps, and access NAS if you connect it to a network if you want it to.
I have a friend who just got a bunch of new computer and network equipment and told me how he was going to set up his new "personal media empire". I said "good for you, let me know that works out for ya." He began to realize how painful trying to make cross-platform systems can be; he now has a Pivos Aios on his Christmas list because he realized simplicity rules.