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Sony Android TV and 5.1 Audio

Larry DavidLarry David Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

I have a Sony XBR-55A1E (Android TV) and a Sony STR-DN1080 connected via HDMI 3 ARC. Netflix and other sources from the TV will output Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, but the Plex client will only output 2 channel linear PCM. Interestingly enough my TiVo Bolt+ also has a Plex client that also only outputs 2 channel linear PCM. It appears to be a limitation of the TiVo and Android TV Plex client. Has anyone else experienced this or have a fix?
Thanks in advance.

Answers

  • djhymandjhyman Posts: 1Members

    I have a Sony XBR-55x810C connected to a Yamaha rx-v630 over optical. The Plex Android app will only put out 2 channel audio to my receiver (which shows as ProLogic).

    OTA tv will send DD/DTS signal to my receiver.

    I plugged in my old Roku 3 which I haven't used in nearly a year, and it also sends DD/DTS to my receiver, although I found now the Roku wants to transcode literally everything.

  • Larry DavidLarry David Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Looks like no one has seen this before,.

  • onesmallstep1966onesmallstep1966 Posts: 58Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I have this problem on my 65XE93 too. Done lots of Google’n without finding an answer.

  • justme1968justme1968 Posts: 319Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    same problem here: https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/296294/uhd-with-plex-on-sony-a1

    just found lots of threads with exactly this problem but no solution. other apps do work and output 5.1

    there is even one thread from two years ago that states this is a known problem and plex is in contact with sony. but that was all... no solution there.

  • Larry DavidLarry David Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Sounds like a Plex client issue to me.

  • onesmallstep1966onesmallstep1966 Posts: 58Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @Larry David said:
    Sounds like a Plex client issue to me.

    I’m sure it is. Other apps on my XE93 (Netflix, Amazon Video) all pass 5.1 via ARC, just not Plex.

  • Sat0rNSat0rN Posts: 27Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Hi, same problem here with a Sony 65XE9005. All other apps have no issue to pass-through 5.1 audio over optical. Only plex is outputting stereo.

  • skopskop Posts: 6Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I have a fancy new Sony X900E with the same issue. I'm connecting via ARC. All other apps that support it are outputting 5.1 as indicated on my Onkyo receiver.

    Now here's the twist: while Plex 5.1 content is downmixed to 2 channel PCM when played out of the on-TV Plex app, the same content from the same server Casted from my Android phone to the TV plays in 5.1 on the receiver.

    Does this help ANYONE narrow down this issue?

  • justme1968justme1968 Posts: 319Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    everything but plex works with 5.1 :(

    with plex i can see my receiver enabling 5.1 for less than a second and then its just stereo.

  • bbqallstarbbqallstar Posts: 4Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Looks like the DTS/DD 5.1 issue is not just on Android client for Fire TV. See below posts... it worked back on previous versions prior to 6.5 for Android. I was able to delete new version and sideload 6.4 and I get DD 5.1 just fine.... Plex will transcode DTS to AAC 5.1.

    I am only posting because it appears the 5.1 issue is across platforms/clients.

    https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/280934/amazon-fire-tv-5-1-surround-sound-not-working#latest

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