I just finished my first HTPC build. So far most everything is working really well, but there are couple of annoyances that I can't figure out. One is about HD audio... and the answer could be really obvious or easy but I haven't been able to figure it out after many google and avsforum searches.
First, my system:
Lenovo ThinkServer (TS140)
Intel Haswell CPU 4130
Intel HD 4400 integrated graphics
Displayport to HDMI cable to receiver
Ethernet connection to Router
65" Panasonic Plasma (connected to receiver by HDMI)
Denon 2112 receiver
5.1 speaker setup (Energy Take 5)
Synology DS 213air (to store my media)
Plex Media Server (running on the ThinkServer)
Okay, to my issue. I have a ton of high quality Blu-Ray rips (mkv / AC3 multichannel) but I can't seem to get the encoded audio over to my Denon for decoding. When I tell Windows that I have a 5.1 speaker setup and play a multi-channel movie through Plex, my Denon receiver says it's getting a PCM Digital multi-channel audio feed. I'm getting 5.1 discrete audio, but I'm not sure whether it's the best quality possible. I think this means that my HTPC is doing the decoding, but I'd really prefer that my Denon do the decoding. I want to see the encoded format show up on the receiver.
I'm not sure how to make this happen. I have the latest Intel drivers (all of the appropriate codecs show up when I look at the Denon properties). But I'm not sure where exactly I tell my HTPC to output the encoded audio.
Do I have a setting incorrect? Is the Intel HD Audio not able to send the encoded format over HDMI? Are my Blu-Ray rips the issue? Is Plex the issue? I'm really not sure where to start. As a reference, my cable box sends Dolby Digital over HDMI to the Denon, which displays the encoded format on the front LCD. I just want to see the same thing for my HTPC audio.
Help! There is probably a simple explanation but I'm new at this so thanks for your help!