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Old 01-10-2010, 07:18 PM
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Default Can the XBox 360 add on provide True HD or DTSMA audio out?

Just curious. Thought about picking up one of these for fun but not if it can't do HD audio out. I have an Xbox with an HDMI port. Thanks.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:39 PM
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The 360 add-on is just a drive. It doesn't provide audio or video, its just the disc drive. Its your Xbox itself that outputs the audio and video.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:27 PM
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Yeah and I think it only outputs the legacy codecs.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:51 PM
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Can it do DTS or Dolby Digital Plus?
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:14 AM
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Yeah and I think it only outputs the legacy codecs.
The drive itself doesn't output anything. I have it connected to my HTPC and I get Dolby TrueHD, DTS-MA, and everything else that's on the disc. Its not the add-on that limits you, its the Xbox 360 itself.
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Can it do DTS or Dolby Digital Plus?
Yes, you have to set it to DTS in the menu settings on the 360 to get up to the full bit rate that Dolby Digital Plus has to offer. So basically it means it can play up to 1.5mbps (I say this because many Warner Dolby Digital Plus titles are really 640kbps while most if not all Universal titles are 1.5mbps for Dolby Digital Plus).
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:14 AM
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The drive itself doesn't output anything. I have it connected to my HTPC and I get Dolby TrueHD, DTS-MA, and everything else that's on the disc. Its not the add-on that limits you, its the Xbox 360 itself.
Would a firmware update from Microsoft clear this up (for those with X360s with an HDMI port of course) or is this a hardware issue on the 360's part? I'm not too technologically savvy in this area....
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The drive itself doesn't output anything. I have it connected to my HTPC and I get Dolby TrueHD, DTS-MA, and everything else that's on the disc. Its not the add-on that limits you, its the Xbox 360 itself.
Correct. I didn't mean to suggest otherwise.
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I don't know if anyone really knows if that is or would have been possible. IIRC the 360 can do lossless audio but only MS'es lossless WMA codec. When I first got my 360 I really started digging into the options of using it as a media center extender. In the end I decided a true Windows Media Center was a better choice.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:17 PM
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I don't know if anyone really knows if that is or would have been possible. IIRC the 360 can do lossless audio but only MS'es lossless WMA codec. When I first got my 360 I really started digging into the options of using it as a media center extender. In the end I decided a true Windows Media Center was a better choice.
Yeah, you are correct. I wonder if a firmware could make the 360 bitstream though....that way it wouldn't have to decode the audio. We'll likely never know now, but I always thought it was technically possible.
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