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Andris00
Level 7

Q: 5.1 DD and DTS benefits in late 2019

Are there any use cases for 5.1 audio on Roku devices with old school Dolby Digital and DTS today?

I have 6y+ Sony DB home theatre system (BDV-N9900W) with only DD and DTS capabilities. Everything is properly connected because I can get DD/DTS working signal going using Roku media player when playing back my own DD/DTS content from miniDLNA server(no transcoding).

I'm aware that Netflix is using DD+ for 5.1. However when I'm using Netflix app on my Bravia TV connected over HDMI(ARC) to same Sony Home Theatre system I do get proper 5.1. I guess Sony TV is doing real time trans-coding.

So once again out of curiosity do you know any content currently (late 2019) on Roku device where DD or DTS is in use?

 

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atc98092
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Re: Q: 5.1 DD and DTS benefits in late 2019

As you noted, virtually all streaming sites are now using DD+, as it can be streamed at a lower bitrate without loss of quality. I am unaware of any site using DTS, as that has an even higher bitrate than DD. 

The only time I see DTS audio using my Roku is when playing local media from my DLNA server using the Roku Media Player. Some of my ripped DVDs have DTS audio, and I have my server configured to pass it though. Of course, Roku doesn't support lossless audio passthrough (Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master Audio), so those have to be transcoded to DD by my server. 

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Andris00
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Re: Q: 5.1 DD and DTS benefits in late 2019

Yeah I pretty quickly realized that 20y+ old DD and DTS standards are no good any more.
So my initial 50EUR-ish investment ballooned into 600EUR-ish one since I ended up with Sony HT-ZF9 on my TV table now. It plays just fine DD+ embedded ATMOS tracks with Roku media player.
Only thing I just can't get working as ATMOS stream is Prime Video Jack Ryan S1 which according to reports should deliver it on my Streaming+ 4k stick. Smiley Sad Getting only standard 5.1 surround stream.

Of course all this created yet another "problem". My 2014 1080p Bravia needs 4k HDR upgrade...
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atc98092
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Re: Q: 5.1 DD and DTS benefits in late 2019


@Andris00 wrote:

Only thing I just can't get working as ATMOS stream is Prime Video Jack Ryan S1 which according to reports should deliver it on my Streaming+ 4k stick. Smiley Sad Getting only standard 5.1 surround stream.

Of course all this created yet another "problem". My 2014 1080p Bravia needs 4k HDR upgrade...

I don't have a Roku attached to an Atmos capable AVR, so can't help there. I too had to break down and replace a 1080 display a couple of months ago. My 2011 Panasonic plasma was really starting to dim, so popped for a Samsung NU7100. A whole lot cheaper than when I got my JU7100 about 4 years ago. Smiley Happy

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