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  Reply # 2184893 21-Feb-2019 15:17
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wratterus:

 

This might be a silly question, or possibly it's already been answered so sorry in advance if that is the case, but how would someone actually get 5.1 audio working with Spark Sport as it will be at launch? 

 

A desktop PC connected to a receiver with HDMI or optical I could see being able to work, but a standard laptop with a HDMI output is normally only 2 channel, and even if it did output 5.1 over the HDMI, that would still require a receiver with HDMI inputs, or a TV to be able to pass through a 5.1 signal to the SPDIF out (mine doesn't seem to be able to).

In my case I have a pre-HDMI receiver with optical and coaxial inputs, this works great for freeview through SPDIF from the TV, or for the BluRay player I've got a coaxial cable, this works great for netflix etc too, as the BluRay player has an app for this, but I can't see how someone in my situation would be able to get 5.1 working without actually getting a device of some sort that has HDMI and coaxial out, or am I missing something here?

 

 

I don't believe there are any media players on the horizon for this service with optical outs.  The apple Tv4 lost them (the ATV2 and 3 had optical outputs...but obviously can't install apps - but could potentially used airplay), the chromecast only has an hdmi connection.  Smart TVs/BluRay players when it comes to them, might be able to decode 5.1, but hard to guess.

 

 





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  Reply # 2184901 21-Feb-2019 15:27
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davidcole:

 

I don't believe there are any media players on the horizon for this service with optical outs.  The apple Tv4 lost them (the ATV2 and 3 had optical outputs...but obviously can't install apps - but could potentially used airplay), the chromecast only has an hdmi connection.  Smart TVs/BluRay players when it comes to them, might be able to decode 5.1, but hard to guess.

 

 

One of the things I loved about Sky was rugby and cricket in 5.1. Really added to the viewing experience. 😋

 

Does anyone else here have a plan on how to actually get 5.1 audio working?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2184913 21-Feb-2019 15:51
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davidcole:


I don't believe there are any media players on the horizon for this service with optical outs.  The apple Tv4 lost them (the ATV2 and 3 had optical outputs...but obviously can't install apps - but could potentially used airplay), the chromecast only has an hdmi connection.  Smart TVs/BluRay players when it comes to them, might be able to decode 5.1, but hard to guess.


 



I have Apple TV HDMI to LG TV and then optical from TV to amp. Works a treat for 5.1

Not sure if all TV’s do 5.1 out optical so I stick with LG, a Phillips one I had had optical but only did two channel through it.

One day may be forced to get HDMI pass through amp, but all good for now.

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  Reply # 2184915 21-Feb-2019 15:53
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rugrat:
davidcole:

 

 

 

I don't believe there are any media players on the horizon for this service with optical outs.  The apple Tv4 lost them (the ATV2 and 3 had optical outputs...but obviously can't install apps - but could potentially used airplay), the chromecast only has an hdmi connection.  Smart TVs/BluRay players when it comes to them, might be able to decode 5.1, but hard to guess.

 

 

 

 

 



I have Apple TV HDMI to LG TV and then optical from TV to amp. Works a treat for 5.1

Not sure if all TV’s do 5.1 out optical so I stick with LG, a Phillips one I had had optical but only did two channel through it.

One day may be forced to get HDMI pass through amp, but all good for now.

 

A 4?  I stand corrected, I thought they'd dropped the optical out with the change from 3 to 4....I haven't looked behind mine since I put it in.

 





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  Reply # 2184916 21-Feb-2019 15:53
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Good to know some TVs will pass 5.1 though to the optical...my TV is a bit older now. Will have a good dig through the settings incase I'm missing something. 


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  Reply # 2184938 21-Feb-2019 16:36
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I need to be clear that the audio and video formats listed in the table I posted are PLATFORM CAPABILITIES and don't reflect what any individual channel, event or sport will be broadcast in. There are going to be cases (for example) where we receive a 1080/30 feed with stereo sound. I DO NOT KNOW any individual channel, sport or event details sorry.

 

But just because the platform supports 1080/60 with 5.1 sound, please don't assume any particular event will be in that format.

 

 

 

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  Reply # 2184941 21-Feb-2019 16:43
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Perhaps I am being dumb, but how would 5.1 sound improve (or even work) with a sporting match?

 

Is it so you can always hear the crowd in your rear speakers?


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  Reply # 2184942 21-Feb-2019 16:45
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Vocal front and center, any music surround, crowd noise surround - sounds like you're there, especially at the cricket. 

 

it would just be a bit of a random mix, but sky do it well. 


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  Reply # 2184944 21-Feb-2019 16:47
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I have Sky, a pretty comphrensive setup including atmos 5.2.1 and I've never noticed anything special. Maybe my box is configured wrong. Maybe it's just so good I didn't notice because it's so natural. Or perhaps in a fast moving game like Rugby there isn't a lot of sound processing.

 

 

 

 


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networkn:

 

I have Sky, a pretty comphrensive setup including atmos 5.2.1 and I've never noticed anything special. Maybe my box is configured wrong. Maybe it's just so good I didn't notice because it's so natural. Or perhaps in a fast moving game like Rugby there isn't a lot of sound processing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky doesn't supply a 5.1 audio stream... so you wouldnt notice it apart from any sort of magic the amp itself does.





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  Reply # 2185129 22-Feb-2019 01:06
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When I had Sky Sport it was coming up as 5.1, well over a year ago though. Didn’t test last Christmas as wasn’t me watching it.
My amp lights up how many channels of sound coming through and if Dolby digital.

For example Prime HD is Dolby digital, but only left and right lights up, so two channels.

I remember the crowd cheering from back speakers, and could also hear some of what crowd was hearing, front speaker was the TV commentary. It seemed like it was done well.

Not sure if it would improve car racing though.

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  Reply # 2185130 22-Feb-2019 03:36
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davidcole:

 

 

 

A 4?  I stand corrected, I thought they'd dropped the optical out with the change from 3 to 4....I haven't looked behind mine since I put it in.

 

 

 

The Apple TV 4 does not have optical audio.

 

BTW: Your photo is of an Apple TV 3.

 

 





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  Reply # 2185223 22-Feb-2019 09:48
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hio77:

 

Sky doesn't supply a 5.1 audio stream... so you wouldnt notice it apart from any sort of magic the amp itself does.

 

 

They definitely do for a lot of their live sport. I guess the decoder has got to be setup correctly for it, I was using a coaxial cable from the decoder to my receiver. Most of TV1, 2 and 3 was in 5.1, (as it is on freeview) and most live sport that sky had produced themselves also was. 


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  Reply # 2185275 22-Feb-2019 10:30
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So there's no 4k options at launch?

 

 

 

For both F1 and EPL their are 4k broadcasts available aren't there?

 

 

 

So does anyone know if further down the line their might be 4k options via Spark Sport?

 

 

 

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LFCNZ:

 

So there's no 4k options at launch?

 

For both F1 and EPL their are 4k broadcasts available aren't there?

 

So does anyone know if further down the line their might be 4k options via Spark Sport?

 

Cheers

 

 

That's correct, there's no 4K at launch and RWC will not be in 4K either.

 

For any future looking statements about 4K, have a watch of the NZnog session where the question was asked...

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/Z-wWUKxeQ-s?list=PLeAkos2dldO5UC6E-CaeiTB2OOaXmZoc_&t=1987

 

 

 

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