- Jun 30, 2008
not a big deal
I always find it interesting that whenever something about improvements in audio quality is posted on the Apple TV forum very very few people comment. To me, this shows that the majority of people simply are not bothered about audio. This kind of highlights the reasoning behind Apple to stick with 256kbps for music and kind of explains why no streaming company has ever gone with Dolby True HD for film audio.
...This kind of highlights the reasoning behind Apple to stick with 256kbps for music and kind of explains why no streaming company has ever gone with Dolby True HD for film audio.
True that most people won't really notice a difference. However, streaming services employ lossy codecs to accommodate bandwidth costs and limitations. (Even Dolby themselves promote E-AC3 and Atmos for streaming over TrueHD) While most people won't notice the difference between 256kbps and 10mbps audio, they WILL notice the enormous jump in data usage (towards either their monthly bill or data cap).
I would like to see Apple Music offer a "HD lossless" purchase option. However, on the Apple TV front, the more important issue I'd like to see addressed is improving the quality of the on-board Dolby decoder. Last time I checked, the sound quality is still diminished in clarity and artificially compressed when compared to an unprocessed signal "passed-through" to the AV receiver.
It's a fair point. I would assume the majority of tv watchers either use their tv speakers or a basic stereo soundbar.
Streaming services also have to take into account that their customers may not have the Internet bandwidth to handle better audio too.
But I'd guess there's a significant number that want it and would expect it for a paid service.
I truly don't believe that Apple will ever offer a HD Lossless option for Apple Music,
Absolutely Jeff!Never say never. Two things to consider:
1. The competition could force Apple's hand. For ex., This week's news says Amazon are rumored to be working on a HD audio service. If other services follow suite, so will Apple.
2. Apple does request artists submit high quality files to iTunes - up to 96/24 wav or aif. They obviously are thinking ahead in terms of being able to offer higher quality audio someday. 256kbps AAC is pretty darn good for a lossy codec. So the Apple lossless codec seems like a logical choice (IMO).
Your system Should be able to set it in two channel mode stereo no?Now if only they'd give an option to default to 2-Channel audio. Rather than automatically playing 5.1 channel. I don't have a 5.1 system and 5.1 audio is much quieter than 2-Channel.
Your system Should be able to set it in two channel mode stereo no?
cant you change the sound quality in appletv to stereo so everything should get pushed to two channelEvery time I play a new episode of a show or a movie. Netflix chooses 5.1 automatically. There is no option in the Netflix app to choose two channel as the default. You can only choose the default language. So, 5.1 plays to a two channel system. It works but 5.1 feeds are much quieter at any given volume setting than the same show/movie in two channel.
not a big deal to you.not a big deal
While most people won't notice the difference between 256kbps and 10mbps audio, they WILL notice the enormous jump in data usage (towards either their monthly bill or data cap).