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  1. DaveF

    Advice for new HTPC build

    I don’t know Windows very well — not well enough to diagnose multichannel playback problems (I used it as my server but haven’t used it for playback since moving to Shield as client five years ago).
  2. DaveF

    Advice for new HTPC build

    Sounds like you’re limited to whatever the default music player is on your laptop. I don’t play anything directly from my PC. I use it as a server and play from streaming clients. You can install playback software that supports multi-channel. Spotify or Apple Music might work. Or the Netflix...
  3. DaveF

    Advice for new HTPC build

    I expect 7.1 LPCM is doable with anything from the past 5+ years. SACD I have no knowledge of. But I only know the movie-streaming side of HTPC; I don’t pay attention to audio per se. With a 2016-era i5 based PC “server” and an Nvidia Shield streaming box, I can play 4K HDR with TrueHD and Atmos...
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