How do you play DTS 5.1 Music Files?

Aragornii

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I have some .WAV music files that are multichannel DTS 5.1. How can I play those on my ATV4? I think iTunes is limited to 2-channel. I tried Plex, but it doesn't seem to be able to read the files.
 

Aragornii

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Download VLC for Apple TV, I think this will work for you
I just tried that on my Mac and VLC is the only thing that will play them (on itunes I just get static). VLC for ATV, unfortunately, does not recognize the file type.
 

priitv8

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You may try infuse, but you will need the paid version. You get a free trial period, though, if I am not mistaken.
Otherwise, both iTunes and appleTV only support multichannel/surround sound from movie files, as far as I can tell.
So you'd need to remake them to movies, even if with blank picture, to be playable on aTV. Then you can ingest them as music videos and they will play in multichannel.
DTS is also not supported on Apple platforms, so that needs either Plex/Infuse or conversion to Dolby Digital.
 

Casey Royals

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I just tried that on my Mac and VLC is the only thing that will play them (on itunes I just get static). VLC for ATV, unfortunately, does not recognize the file type.
Surprised by your comments. I just listened to half a dozen different 5.1 .WAV files on my Apple TV using VLC for Apple TV and they all played okay.
 

Audit13

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DTS (lossy, .dts extension) and WAV (lossless, .wav extension) are two different ways of storing audio files.

Not all players will work with multichannel wav or DTS files.
 

Cave Man

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Hmm, I didn't think the ATV was capable of handling DTS audio. I get DTS using VLC on my Mac via passthrough to my receiver. I only have a couple of DTS Audio disks, both by Pink Floyd, which were ripped using MakeMKV, if I recall correctly. Then I made a playlist of the individual tracks in VLC and saved the playlist, so now all I have to do is open the playlist to get the files to play in 5.1.
 

Aragornii

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Surprised by your comments. I just listened to half a dozen different 5.1 .WAV files on my Apple TV using VLC for Apple TV and they all played okay.
Is the was you play them to store the .WAV files on a local computer and then open VLC and navigate to the files by selecting local network? or is there some other way to get the files onto VLC on the ATV?
 

priitv8

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or is there some other way to get the files onto VLC on the ATV?
What do you mean?
appleTV does not have internal storage, so only playing over network is possible.
Plex server + Infuse client combo would probably be the most user-friendly experience after you've got it set up.
 
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