Best 5.1 sound settings when creating MP4 w/Handbrake
I am just getting started with encoding content for streaming. I'm using MakeMKV to RIP to harddrive and Handbrake to encode file for streaming. Is this the correct process? My interest is mainly in DVD and BD concerts that are in DTS and/or Dolby 5.1.
I tried several Handbrake Audio Codec settings during encode, and listened to the streamed content on either new Vizio TV or new Sony BD player, trying either DLNA server or Plex server. Audio playback is usually 2 channel, sometimes 5.1 or even sometimes absent, depending on settings during encode. It frequently sounds a little "watery" like cell phone audio. I presume this is due to compression.
There are so many different combinations of audio settings which makes this pretty confusing to a newbie The audio from the Vizio TV is fed to the surround system via digital optical cable. The disks sound excellent and are 5.1 when played directly on BD player instead of streamed.
I would appreciate some recommended settings to achieve best possible audio, as close to the actual DVD/BD itself. I am willing to use the required amount of disk space.
Thanks for your help!