Firstly, thanks so much for all your hard work in creating such an incredible project.
I have a few quick questions about NON-passthrough audio mode in CoreELEC/Kodi.
a) I assume that surround audio signals are decoded/decompressed and then passed over HDMI as some kind of portable format like PCM?
b) And that Kodi itself performs a downmix to whatever channel layout you specify in the settings?
c) Is it true that DTS-X and Atmos will have their object metadata discarded entirely (leaving vanilla 5.1 or 7.1 surround)?
d) And are DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD preserved at their original full lossless bitrate? Or do we just end up with the core/lossy/degraded signals (e.g. TrueHD becomes DD+/E-AC3)?
e) Or does that depend on the specific sampling/bitrate of the HD track?
And just curiously, does anybody chose to feed audio output directly into an amplifier? Or do you always go through a receiver or TV? I’m wondering if something like a MiniDSP product could technically be used instead of an A/V Receiver (for 2.1 or 3.1 etc.).