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In need of advice regarding a media player (hardware) that supports 7.1 FLAC

Hi all,

I'm looking for an inexpensive hardware option to play 7.1 FLAC files.

So far I've read that Dune HD players support multichannel FLAC. Has anyone here tried this?

Also that some Panasonic bluray players can do this too, but I cannot confirm this by reading the Panasonic documentation.
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Hi all,

I'm looking for an inexpensive hardware option to play 7.1 FLAC files.

So far I've read that Dune HD players support multichannel FLAC. Has anyone here tried this?

Also that some Panasonic bluray players can do this too, but I cannot confirm this by reading the Panasonic documentation.
My old (pre Android) Xtreamer media players could play 7.1 channel Flac files. But sadly the sounded a bit 'flat'...

Another problem you may find with any media player that's able to play 7.1 channel audio (lossy or lossless) files is that the 'side' and 'back' channels often get swapped around, depending on the audio format


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Hi all,

I'm looking for an inexpensive hardware option to play 7.1 FLAC files.

So far I've read that Dune HD players support multichannel FLAC. Has anyone here tried this?

Also that some Panasonic bluray players can do this too, but I cannot confirm this by reading the Panasonic documentation.
I play back 5.1 channel FLACs on my Panasonic BR player all the time. But I don't have any 7.1 FLACs to test to see how well it works.

The Panny plays back well, but it's not gapless so live and concept albums get annoying silences between tracks.

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Hi Mike,

that's great help. Which BR player model you have?

I have some 7.1 files for testing, but i have not posted enough to be able to post links
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So I will have to post some dummies to be able to post a link
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Here are some 7.1 files for testing: http://we.tl/wCrAxgENJ4
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Hi Mike,

that's great help. Which BR player model you have?

I have some 7.1 files for testing, but i have not posted enough to be able to post links
The Panasonic BR230. Not a great player, but it works.


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The Panasonic BR230. Not a great player, but it works.
The 7.1ch pcm.wav file does not appear to contain the correct channel assignment information. Are the channels correctly mapped when you play both the pcm.wav file and the .flac file?

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Here are some 7.1 files for testing: http://we.tl/wCrAxgENJ4
Thanks for the test files. The Panasonic BR230 plays the 7.1 WAV file correctly (albeit a short burst of noise at the end), but the 7.1 FLAC file kills the player completely. I had to pull the power cord to recover. Tried it twice. No go.


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The 7.1ch pcm.wav file does not appear to contain the correct channel assignment information. Are the channels correctly mapped when you play both the pcm.wav file and the .flac file?
As mentioned the FLAC file kills the BR230. The WAV file played correctly and all channels seemed to be mapped correctly.


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I downloaded your files just to see what I could play on some of my gear. I used a usb stick to put the files on and it wouldn't even read it in my PS3 in my main system, and via my avr's usb port only play 2.0 from the .flac file (format error for the .wav file). On the S5100 in one of my other rooms it played the .wav file but froze up like it did for Michael Sargent and I also had to unplug the player; when it played the rear surrounds I heard the voice through the surrounds; the S5100 is in a 5.1 system. Odd thing was I played the .wav file via hdmi from my laptop to avr and during the low frequency/.1 ch test I heard a voice saying "low frequency effects" as well as the tones, whereas on the S5100 no voice with the tones, using the .wav file; also using the hdmi to avr it seemed to have bleed from channel to channel although the main sound seemed to be directed towards the intended speaker. Have no idea how that works....
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Thank you Mike, SeeMoreDigital and lovinthehd for testing. Much appreciated!

The channel mapping is on both files the same and they played both good on my computer.

As I feared, the players have definitely difficulties with 7.1 FLAC…

It is good to know though that the WAV is readable by the BR230, that's good enough for my purposes. I will continue in this direction then
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The channel mapping is on both files the same and they played both good on my computer.
Actually...

If you play your 7.1 channel sample files using Media Player Classic BE and LAV Filters, the back and side channels are reversed

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