Originally Posted by thestewman
Have you considered.
Instead of using HDMI from your NUC Player. Use the Quadraphonic player's 4 channel analog outputs into the D2's multichannel inputs and use analog Direct to play them back.
Should sound pristine
Thanks for the suggestion. While this is
a workaround of sorts, it leads back to 1990's technology (ie: burning & spinning discs). I wish to go forward with the file server model for digital media (music & video), and avoid digging through mountains of cases to find something to play.Hardware:
My "player" is the venerable Oppo DV-980H, and has been used via the D2's "6-Ch S/E" as you suggest, but the Old Girl is getting a little tired in the transport, and I don't want to hasten her demise playing music all day long (...and I'm not ready to buy a current Oppo).
Regarding "Analog Direct"... the benefit of ARC-ing my room is an obvious winner, so if the D2 is going to digitize all signals anyway, I prefer to skip the D-to-A-back-to-D stages, if at all possible.Musicware:
The Quads are from the 4-channel enthusiast community, decoded from their various formats (discreet & matrixed tape and LPs) and authored as audio-only DVD's. Releases come as ISO images (shared freely, at no cost); there's a DVD-Audio layer plus a DVD-Video layer, so as to exclude nobody from enjoying these treasures. I have burned and enjoyed selected titles, but recoil at the prospect of making the 200+ collection into Oppo-ready DVDs.
Using vlc on my desktop, I can mount the DVD-V layer and stream dts or DD to the D2 over S/PDIF. This is convenient, but restricts me to the compressed versions of the music - however it was the best compromise in the days of my AVM-2.
Much better would be listening to the uncompressed DVD-A version... so by "simply" extracting from ISO image to multi-channel FLAC files, and sending MCH-PCM > HDMI into the D2, I could be in pig-heaven without the time and trouble of DVD blanks.Into The Future...
Running xbmc as an appliance on the little NUC gets me off the desktop (reducing power line & RF garbage in the room), and provides a great library interface for all my media. Perfect !!... except for 4.0 going into the D2
I hope Nick has a better answer next week than "Too Bad, So Sad". In the meantime, I have a question in to the xbmc development team about forcing a 5.1 channel output when 4.0 input is present.
Thanks for playing...