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Old Aug 25, 2010, 01:06 AM   #1
suss2it
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What is Ac3-Passthrough?

What exactly does AC3 Passthrough do? And what are the benefits of it? And is it possible to tell if a file that has an AAC track and an Ac3 if the Ac3 one is passthrough?
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Old Aug 25, 2010, 07:23 AM   #2
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it passes the digital stream through without touching it. If you've got a stereo capable of handling the raw stream, you'll get surround sound.

if you play the file in VLC or quicktime, hit CMD-i, you can see what kind of audio it has.
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Old Aug 26, 2010, 10:52 AM   #3
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is it possible to tell if a file that has an AAC track and an Ac3 if the Ac3 one is passthrough?
Well, if your talking about the appletv .. it can *only* pass through an ac3 track ... and only if your hooked up to an Ac3 capable receiver or tv. Otherwise it will play back the 2 channel aac track. If hooked up properly to an ac3 capable receiver your receiver should indicate the sound being used.
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