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TOPIC: NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility

NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 3 months 3 weeks ago #28505

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Hi devteam and everyone!

I am using the Nvidia Shield Android TV to stream and watch all my media at home, currently hooked to a 1080p HDMI receiver & TV.

This thing

Will the nanoAVR receive 8-channel 24-bit LPCM from it when playing multi-channel sources like Netflix (DD+ 5.1 on most movies), Google Play Movies (DD+5.1) or HBO Nordic (DD+6.1 in WestWorld), with its current firmware?

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 1 month 1 week ago #29837

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I'm also interested in this topic, it would be nice to have a list of player capable of transcoding DD and DTS to LPCM.
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NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 1 month 1 week ago #29872

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@ supercurio
Isn't the Shield a 4k device? i.e. HDMI 2.0?
The nanoAVR is only HDMI 1.4 so that could be an issue I think...

Support for PCM output is really depending in the hardware. Best that you ask Nvidia staff directly if they can output 8ch PCM out. That's the question as some of these boxes don't always do.

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 1 week 5 days ago #30444

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HDA works just fine with the 2017 Shield TV.

Shield Settings >Display & Sound > Advance settings > HDMI 5.1 Audio > ON
This will enable bitstream decoding to multichannel PCM.

In Kodi disable bitstream passthrough. Now Kodi will decode DD, DD+, DTS, TrueHD and DTS HD to multichannel PCM.
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NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 6 days 20 hours ago #30527

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Thanks for the update Markus.. Very interesting feedback as we didn't have the Shield here..

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 3 days 2 hours ago #30659

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markus wrote:
Shield Settings >Display & Sound > Advance settings > HDMI 5.1 Audio > ON
This will enable bitstream decoding to multichannel PCM.

Sorry but this was wrong information. After further testing I got this feedback from Nvidia support:

"Here is the update from the engineering team.

The SHIELD doesn't have bitstream decoding to PCM capability for DD+.

With regards to the “Settings ->Display & Sound -> Advance settings -> HDMI 5.1 Audio”, when enabled, all the stereo (2-channel) streams are up-mixed to 5.1 channel and played as multi-channel streams.

This is not related to any pass-thru formats, that is DD/DD+/DTS etc.
And we don’t support decoding of DD/DD+/DTS on ShieldTV, only have support for pass-thru of these formats.
This is not related to any pass-thru formats, that is DD/DD+/DTS etc.,

And we don’t support decoding of DD/DD+/DTS on SHIELD, only have support for pass-thru of these formats."
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NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 2 days 17 hours ago #30676

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mmmh, that's a shame indeed.. :-(

Apple TV4 does the trick.. That's the one we know off..

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NVIDIA Shield Android TV compatibility 2 days 12 hours ago #30682

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Yes, Apple TV 4 works just fine: Settings > Audio and Video > Surround Sound and choose Best Quality Available

Kodi 17 running on Shield also is capable of decoding bitstream audio to multichannel PCM. It comes with its own software decoder.
Netflix, VUDU and Amazon Video don't have their own bitsream decoder and the current Shield OS doesn't provide it either.

Guess decoders won't be an integral part of future apps or operating systems. Bitstream decoding has to be provided by the audio processor ;)
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