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Adjust 'locked' volume levels when using optical audo
Authored by: shavenyak on Jan 13, '09 10:33:01AM

I'd be very surprised if this doesn't screw up AC-3 and DTS pass-through in DVD player (or VLC or Perian or any other apps that can do it). At best, you'll have to have the volume maximized to get it to work. The passthrough ability is one good reason to have the volume locked, because any alteration to one of those compressed formats is going to prevent the receiver from decoding it.



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Adjust 'locked' volume levels when using optical audo
Authored by: post_break on Jan 13, '09 03:01:15PM

"I'd be very surprised if this doesn't screw up AC-3 and DTS pass-through in DVD player (or VLC or Perian or any other apps that can do it). At best, you'll have to have the volume maximized to get it to work. The passthrough ability is one good reason to have the volume locked, because any alteration to one of those compressed formats is going to prevent the receiver from decoding it."

Using this method you have to change back to digital audio for watching anything that needs surround sound, something you can easily switch from within VLC.

I wrote this guide because for some reason you can easily change the volume settings within Vista and the inability to do it within OSX made me angry. Yes I know why the volume is locked to begin with, it is raw data, however my ears can't tell the difference when I am just surfing the net while listening to music on iTunes which can adjust volume itself.

This guide isn't for the audiophile, it's for the average joe who likes to use their apple remote or volume keys while listening to music over optical. When I load up a high definition movie I simply tell VLC to output to Built-in Output (encoded). In fact I think I can make it do that all the time in the settings.

Not to mention I HATE my remote for my receiver, it is complete garbage.



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