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Written by MissingRemote   
Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Guide: Getting Lossless Audio off the PC

While video quality is important, I find that it's the audio that really transforms a good movie into an immersive experience. As challenging as it can be to get flawless video playback working on the HTPC, enabling proper lossless multi-channel audio playback adds another layer of difficultly into the mix. In this guide we will discuss the different options available for getting full fidelity HD audio off your PC and into the Audio/Video receiver (AVR).

As you've probably guessed the crux of this guide is about converting compressed lossless audio formats into LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) for output over the HDMI or analog connections to an AVR. So if your PC isn't setup to support one of these connections stop reading and fix it; take your time, we'll be here when you're done. Also if you're using an application like Power DVD or Total Media Theater for all your media needs, while you probably need to reexamine that choice (unless the player is being launched per media item from another application like Media Center or Sage), you've already covered. Both applications support lossless multi-channel LPCM output without much effort, just configure the audio settings to 6 or 8 channel (depending on your setup) and it's done. MissingRemote


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