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by masterluke
Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Understanding Audio Output Options
Replies: 12
Views: 29279

Re: Understanding Audio Output Options

I would imagine the quality would be better than the onboard audio,. There doesn't appear to be a HDMI pass through for the video so this device means no HDMI video so you would need to run headless
by masterluke
Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Google Chrome Cast vs Raspberry Pi -- Video Stream.
Replies: 25
Views: 76781

Re: Google Chrome Cast vs Raspberry Pi -- Video Stream.

I'd take full blown xbmc over this any day. I play 1080p with 5.1 sound daily from my server to my pi. No local file playback on a video device like this is laughable. I actually wouldn't buy one purely because I am locked in to using Google products to serve the content. With the pi I can choose fr...
by masterluke
Wed Jul 24, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Other media center than XBMC
Replies: 25
Views: 22052

Re: Other media center than XBMC

I actually bought a new av amp (Onkyo TX-SR313 ) to get decent quality sound. I could have a splitter for 60euro or a new amp for 200 which does so much more. My 25dollar pi is working out expensive :) I was thinking about upgrading my old non-hdmi amp anyway but this was a good excuse. A monitor's ...
by masterluke
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:49 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Other media center than XBMC
Replies: 25
Views: 22052

Re: Other media center than XBMC

I saw some work to use OpenMAX with vlc, maybe I'll take a look but I think it is overskill for me... After some search, an other way could to use Gstreamer... I am really surprised that so many people are happy to use XBMC with the analogical audio :roll: Would be very interested to hear if anyone...
by masterluke
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:54 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Other media center than XBMC
Replies: 25
Views: 22052

Re: Other media center than XBMC

Pulse audio may well be an option in the future, but is not supported by omxplayer at the moment so no hardware video decode. Its fine if you just want audio however.

The other possibility is hardware video decode in mplayer or vlc or similar, but I don't think this is coming anytime soon.
by masterluke
Tue Jul 23, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Other media center than XBMC
Replies: 25
Views: 22052

Re: Other media center than XBMC

The only digital audio output is over HDMI. USB sound cards can give you more digital outputs, but they are unsupported by the only player which supports GPU video decode. Even if USB sound cards were supported by omxplayer there would probably be lipsync issues.
by masterluke
Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Other media center than XBMC
Replies: 25
Views: 22052

Re: Other media center than XBMC

Xbian and Openelec have much the same perceived limitations as those you have stated. Depends upon your definition of media centre and (as above) exactly what you want to achieve. Edit.. all these media centres are based upon omxplayer to get the hardware video decode. There IS an xwindows GUI for o...
by masterluke
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: XBMC \ Openelec
Replies: 3
Views: 1300

Re: XBMC \ Openelec

What format is the video within the mkv file? Mkv's will often (but not always) contain h264 video which is decoded in hardware by the pi without any additional codec's so will in most cases play on Openelec without any additional work. You say you are streaming off a NAS, can you copy the file to s...
by masterluke
Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc on Model A?
Replies: 3
Views: 1400

Re: Raspbmc on Model A?

I have an early 256mb pi and it runs raspbmc. Used daily, overclocked within an inch of its life, and having its power lead unplugged by toddlers at regular intervals, and it still works beautifully. Current XBMC implementations are designed to work within the 256mb limitation.
by masterluke
Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Navi-X hangs on "Please wait..."
Replies: 5
Views: 6296

Re: Navi-X hangs on "Please wait..."

No solution, but I have the same issue on raspbmc. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.
by masterluke
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: 5.1 Surround Sound via RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 7735

Re: 5.1 Surround Sound via RPi

Check your TV's manual or website. Some will some won't. Some will pass through DD but not DTS, some will downconvert to stereo PCM or DD 2.0.
by masterluke
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: 5.1 Surround Sound via RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 7735

Re: 5.1 Surround Sound via RPi

You either need to use an AVR to get the sounds out of the HDMI port or you need a usb soundcard to add a digital output for optical or coaxial.

Bear in mind that bitstreaming hd audio formats (DTS-MA or TrueHD) are not supported on any of these outputs at the moment.
by masterluke
Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Understanding Audio Output Options
Replies: 12
Views: 29279

Re: Understanding Audio Output Options

Is it supported in XBMC? Is there any lag (lipsync issues)? Does the digital device support 5.1 DTS + DD passthrough?

It seems I'm a little behind the times on this.
by masterluke
Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: XMBC - first attempt ....
Replies: 5
Views: 1917

Re: XMBC - first attempt ....

Setting the correct country in the international menu within XBMC will correct the time problem.
by masterluke
Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Will this monitor work well for gaming?
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Will this monitor work well for gaming?

Well it has an RCA input and the pi has an RCA output.. so it should pick up the signal. I wouldn't bet you will be able to make out text typed at a command line, but otherwise I would imagine it would be fine. Would be good to use with emulation as older consoles were designed to be used on SDTV's ...
by masterluke
Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 8008

Re: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1

Are you able to disable CEC on your amp? Does that make any difference? I'm a little confused when you say "hdmi from tv to the receiver and also optical digital cable".. what is the optical cable used for here? Is your tv passing an unadulterated signal through to your amp via HDMI, or is it passin...
by masterluke
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 8008

Re: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1

..BUT you blow your warranty efuse with this setup. Its not something I worry about but FYI.
by masterluke
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 8008

Re: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1

That's quite odd getting no DTS output at all without overclocking. I haven't come across that before. I have seen buffering with 1080p + dts on some files but not no output at all. It makes me think there might be another problem somewhere but I have no idea what\where. But to answer your original ...
by masterluke
Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Understanding Audio Output Options
Replies: 12
Views: 29279

Re: Understanding Audio Output Options

Check out this thread.. http://forum.stmlabs.com/showthread.php?tid=1052 I would definitely steer clear of that USB soundcard from ebay, looks more than a little dodgy. There is a 3rd option. Your could use a hdmi audio extractor or a HDMI amplifier. This allows very high quality sound (and 5.1+) an...
by masterluke
Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 8008

Re: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1

What XBMC distro are you using.. I don't even have optical\coax as an option on a fully updated raspbmc?

Have you tried plugging headphones into the pi's audio jack? how is the volume this way?
by masterluke
Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 8008

Re: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1

basicreece - can I ask what tinkering improved your HDMI audio? 5.1 over HDMI is a digital signal without a "volume" per-se. If it is decoding, but is too quiet then your amp is responsible for this and not the Pi. The link that you give is indeed for a USB amp, but this won't help you in this scena...
by masterluke
Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1
Replies: 13
Views: 8008

Re: Raspbmc Audio Issue 2.0 to 5.1

OP - What is your source material. Is it DTS, DD, or some kind of surround format? Are you using passthrough on the XBMC settings page? Have you got other equipment capable of playing the same input file via HDMI on the same amp also in 5.1 (a pc or media box of some kind)? Does your amplifier have ...
by masterluke
Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi OS
Topic: how to see youtube in raspian???
Replies: 12
Views: 4351

Re: how to see youtube in raspian???

There are no accelerated X drivers to utilise the GPU The CPU is slow There is very limited memory None of the common browsers are designed to work in these conditions so it is no surprise that resource-heavy websites don't work very well. I use Raspbmc with the youtube plugin which works perfectly....
by masterluke
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Gallery Instillation and Video Syncing
Replies: 1
Views: 631

Re: Gallery Instillation and Video Syncing

Calculate the length of your video. Calculate start times for playback beginning at a specific time. Eg a 9 min video could be started on the hour, 10 past, 20 past etc. Write a shell script that 1)Sync clocks from a timeserver 2) Waits until the designated number of mins past the hour 3) Begins pla...
by masterluke
Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Thumb Drive Access to Media?
Replies: 3
Views: 1257

Re: Thumb Drive Access to Media?

I'd rather have the quality streams I want than loads of bad ones. Pick which streams you would like and set them up on XBMC. USB drives offering hundreds of streams most likely have poor quality and content at best, and malware at worst. Re: getting audio out of your Pi. I am guessing you are looki...

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