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Sinkdrain
2011-07-14, 11:32
I've been googling for awhile now and just keep getting conflicting results. I have Porcupine Tree's DVD-A in 5.1 which I would love to turn into a flac and play it through the Touch (multichannel version). Is this possible? I've read about two programs Dvd-a explorer and dvd-a extractor. Which one is the easiest to use? Any settings I need to be aware of? I have the squeezebox Touch.

Henry66
2011-07-14, 15:41
It can be done but it's not simple. This thread has most of the relevant info:
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=19260

Mike Sargent
2011-08-14, 19:01
I've been googling for awhile now and just keep getting conflicting results. I have Porcupine Tree's DVD-A in 5.1 which I would love to turn into a flac and play it through the Touch (multichannel version). Is this possible? I've read about two programs Dvd-a explorer and dvd-a extractor. Which one is the easiest to use? Any settings I need to be aware of? I have the squeezebox Touch.

I've just been doing some testing of this and here are some conclusions:

1) If you convert the multichannel DVD-Audio to FLAC, you Touch will only play the left and right channels. All other channels are ignored (try playing a channel identification track [ you know: Front Left, Center, Front Right, Surround Right, Surround Left, Subwoofer ] and you'll clearly hear this.

2) If you convert to WMA Lossless it will play some tracks, but also seems to die on other tracks (limited testing, but the first MC track I tried failed). If you do get a track to play, it will output sound for all of the source channels. However, the output is stereo only, so you won't get back any surround effects, even if you enable Dolby PL-IIx decoding. If they had taken the C, SR, SL channels and mixed them into FR and FL using the PL-IIx encoding matrix, most mutilchannel receivers would do a fair job of resurecting the original multichannel mix. But at least you do get output from all 6 source channels (if it works).

Anyone else interested in multichannel?

Mike

Mnyb
2011-08-14, 20:25
Spdif does not support discrete multichannel, so you would have to use DTS to get it out of the Touch.

Spdif or toslink can carry 2ch of pcm 24/192 or bitstreams with DD or DTS .

i to would love to rip my > 100 dvda and retire my dvda player .

We have to wait untill a squeezebox with hdmi is avaible.

Mike Sargent
2011-08-15, 05:09
Spdif does not support discrete multichannel, so you would have to use DTS to get it out of the Touch.

Spdif or toslink can carry 2ch of pcm 24/192 or bitstreams with DD or DTS .

i to would love to rip my > 100 dvda and retire my dvda player .

We have to wait untill a squeezebox with hdmi is avaible.

I'd certainly buy a Touch with HDMI and full multi-channel support!

Mike

gonk
2011-08-16, 07:15
Best solution today is probably a Dune player for lossless multi-channel FLAC through HDMI.

atrocity
2011-08-16, 17:26
Best solution today is probably a Dune player for lossless multi-channel FLAC through HDMI.

Is it gapless?

gonk
2011-08-16, 22:34
Good question! I did some research and it seems not to be capable of gapless mch FLAC.

servies
2011-08-17, 00:57
Good question! I did some research and it seems not to be capable of gapless mch FLAC.
Hmm, I never tried it but according to the releasenotes of the latest firmware it should be capable of gapless mch FLAC.
I never tried it though.