Hi guys, here we will show you how to set up the audio for your kodi device, so that it’s performing to it’s maximum capabilities
Ensuring your tunes pump out nicely & your movies have nice clear audio… at low levels, as well as at max volume.
Firstly there are two audio settings menus within kodi, where you can adjust the audio, which can make things a little confusing, but that’s what we aim to explain here.
The main Audio Settings can be found via SETTINGS/SYSTEM/AUDIO OUTPUT, like this
1>main audio settings
Audio output device>
This is where we can select which one of the audio outputs from your computer you will be using. Depending on what you select here, some settings further down might be enabled or not.
Number of channels>
If you’re using a digital audio connection, this represents the channels supported by the audio connection; if you’re using analog, it will represent the number of speakers your system is using.
This can be set to to Fixed, Optimized or Best Match.
Optimized will be set at the start of playback and not change.
Fixed will be set by the value indicated in settings at all times
Best Match will let you know if properties like sampling rate and speaker configuration will change during playback to match the source
Limit sampling rate If you set fixed output, this indicates the sampling rate. If you are using SPDIF, this is the maximum sampling rate.
Stereo Upmix When enabled, it lets 2-channel audio be up mixed to the number of channels set in Kodi audio settings.
Normalize levels on downmix sometimes called Maintain original volume on downmix This keeps the volume of the stream, at the cost of compressing dynamic range when enabled. When disabled, volume will be lower but the dynamic range will be maintained.
Bare in mind the dynamic range is defined as the difference between the quietest and the loudest sounds in an audio source, so if the dialogue in movies is barely audible, enable this one.
Resample quality If you need to have audio sampled at a different rate than the source, this is the option you need to tweak. You can set it on Low, Medium and High.
Keep audio devices alive this one set out the time audio devices will wait before entering a suspended state. It has has Always (audio devices never suspended) and Off (audio devices always suspended) settings.
Play GUI sounds this one set wether you hear the GUI sounds or not when browsing through the menus. Personally I click this one off.
Enable passthrough Here you can enable passthrough Kodi audio output for encoded audio formats.
Passthrough output device Here you will need to have enabled ‘pass through audio’ & this allows you this lets you select the device you will use for audio playback of encoded formats.
The formats you could use are selected via this very same menu, and depending on your device. Make sure you select a format compatible with your device to avoid slowness or freezes on your media. You could select>
Dolby Digital (AC3) capable receiver.
Enable Dolby Digital Transcoding: (To be selected in case the audio output device only supports multichannel audio.)
Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3) capable receiver.
DTS capable receiver.
TrueHD capable receiver.
DTS-HD capable receiver
2>Audio playback settings
You can access the Audio Playback Settings by hitting the speaker icon in the bottom right corner of the screen during playback, like this>
Now you will see the Audio Playback Settings menu pop up, like this>
Audio Playback Settings
Volume sets the volume
Volume amplification Use the amplification in audio settings to adjust the volume of sources that are very quiet, even if you turn up the volume full blast.
Audio offset This one is for when your video source & audio source seem to be out of sync. with this you can re sync them up easily.
Audio stream Handy for media sources with multiple audio streams, you can choose from here which one you prefer to use.
Stereo upmix, Enable passthrough These are the same as the ones you can set on the main Kodi audio settings.
Enable subtitles, Subtitle offset, Subtitle and Browse for subtitle Are all for subtitle control. To Enable subtitles, sync subtitles, add subtitles or select from a selection of subtitles, depending on what subtitles Add-Ons you may have installed.
Set as default for all videos Like it says…make these settings apply to all videos.
That’s it…We hope this helps explain the Audio Settings setting for kodi a little more, they can be a touch confusing at times.