Originally Posted by cowbodude99
I'm running JRiver as a DLNA server. I also have no plans on buying anything from iTunes =)
I have about 100 movies on my media server, most of which are DTS HD/Dolby TrueHD files (with the core removed).
My TV is Dolby Vision capable, so this seems like an obvious choice to stream Netflix and Prime, but the audio is just holding me back from buying.
I just have some questions, if you all know the answers!
Will the Apple TV 4K allow me to stream my media from JRiver (DLNA)?
Can Apple TV 4K play the lossless audio tracks from DLNA servers?
Will the core track be needed in order to do so? I always remove it from my ripped movies.
Can it play MKV files with subtitles? I rip my movies, and place it in an MKV container, with subtitles.
Thank you in advance!
After posting the above, I read a few reviews on the Apple TV 4K.
It looks like it does not support bitstreaming or any lossless audio codecs.
I guess I'm back to square 1! Find a device that has the following:
1. Dolby Vision.
2. Lossless Audio.
3. DLNA client (that plays MKVs w/ lossless audio).
4. If possible, Netflix and Prime with Dolby Vision.
One device to check all of those boxes is tough/impossible. I (un)fortunately own a Shield, an AppleTV, an OPPO UDP-203, and a Chromecast Audio exactly for the reasons you describe... I couldn't find a "just one box" solution. The Shield comes the closest, IMO (at least for my needs), to being an all-in-one swiss-army-knife. But there are definite advantages to having the other 3 boxes available on my "main rig," and all 4 get use.
On all of the other TVs in my house (none of which do 4k or HDR), I just use a Shield. Because if you take 4K-HDR out of the equation and just use it as a 2k-SDR device, it's near-perfect in a way that none of the others are IMO.
-I like my Shield for my 1:1 Blu Ray (and sometimes 4K UHD Blu Ray) rips, my LiveTV+DVR CableCard player, and I like it better than the ATV for Youtube too... it also integrates better with my mobile devices because we're pretty much exclusively Android for phones+tablets and windows for laptops at this point.
-I use Roon, not JRiver, for FLAC, and the OPPO is a RoonReady endpoint and Disc player. I also sometimes forgo the nice GUI interface of Plex and just use my OPPO for my 4K UHD rips for the Dolby Vision support with lossless audio combo.
-I use my AppleTV for Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO Now, and Showtime Anytime...
-And I use my CCA for whole-home-audio...
Probably not the answer you wanted, but the hodge-podge was required, for me at least, to get the performance/capabilities I wanted...
Originally Posted by cowbodude99
I think I see why you say that now.
The Infuse app for Apple TV 4K allows 4K HDR with HD audio (24-bit Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA audio)
It looks like it requires the PRO license to get the HD audio.
It also allows for Netflix using Dolby Vision. This is looking better!
Currently JRiver stores media information within the folder containing the movie file. I may be able to use my iPhone to do testing. If all goes well, then possibly buy the ATV4K.
I've never used InFuse on the AppleTV, so I have no input/feedback *specifically* on the quality of audio you get when you have that specific combo of hardware+software do the decoding...
But I have done extensive A-B comparing of letting an NVidia Shield (using Kodi) do the internal decoding vs. Bitstreaming to my AVR... I had several different "test scenes" that I used, and for most of them, I found the internal decoding to be indistinguishable between the bitstreamed audio... but that was not true in ALL test-cases, and when it wasn't, I preferred what I was hearing when the AVR did the decoding.
But I'm also someone that believes there are (relatively small/minor) differences in audio quality between different DACs, for music, too... so TIFWIW.
I also think it's preferential, just in terms of convenience and configuration, to have your AVR confirm for you what audio track is being received and what your signal chain is doing... it just seems like "a better way to do things" to me, beyond a blind A-B comparison of sound quality. But that's, again, JMO/preference. Ultimately why I ended up buying both. The PQ on the AppleTV, in general, is a little better than what my Shield does, but I prefer the Shield, in general, audio-wise, so I like having both...