Kodi audio Settings Explained…

    Kodi audio Settings Explained…

    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>


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    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.

    Output configuration>

    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>


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    Now you will see the Audio Playback Settings menu pop up, like this>


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    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.

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    1. I do not really understand what the above really means. Perhaps an example would be helpful.
      I own a Samsung TV which has DTS capability and connect my Pi2 via HDMI.
      How would I optimize my settings?

      • I dont know much about samsung T.V’s…but the tutorial is designed to show you how to optimize your settings, so that your device sounds the best it can. Sometimes on t.v’s…depending on the device being used in conjuction with it& obviously the quality & age of your T.V, enabling pass through can be beneficial. This will enable the device sound card/processors, control or process the audio which can give you the exact audio sound track that came with the stream, or rather it’ll play the full dolby sound as opposed to being minimsed or managed by the T.V’s inferior hardware. If your T.V is really new, you might find it handles the sound pretty good? have a play, see what sounds best for you. hope that helps Kris.

    2. Thanks, pass through works sometimes, but some times not. Otherwise it is pretty good for my old ears lol

    3. I was just looking for something like this. I’m brand new to Kodi and like you said having 2 places that have audio settings is weird. I’m using a KDLinks A300 which also has audio settings when it boots up, so that’s 3 places! Most movies I play are so low. Once in awhile it sounds fine so I’m guessing it depends on the what the source is. Can you recommend what settings I should use If I’m just using the KDLinks A300 to my TV through HDMI? Thank you!

      • Hi CP, those 3rd set of audio settings will be for your device, I’d say anyway. All I can suggest there, is to give the model number a Google search, & check there for the a settings instructable. As for super quiet movies etc, this does & indeed can be just a poor source. In these cases it’s often just better to grab another source. If it’s ALL your movies that seem really quiet, you could try going into the playback settings, hitting the 2nd slider down,(volume amplification). It’s just below the only other slider control, which is the actual volume level, & is right at the top of playback settings.
        Slide the amplification slider up…then hit the ‘set as default for all’, at the bottom of same settings page. That will set&save the levels you’ve just set, & apply them to all you movies etc in the future, hopefully solving your issue. Using the pass through option also can be be useful, check the options there.
        Also, make sure the actual device volume setting isn’t set to really low by default. Unlikely, but it’s a process of elimination & if it’s happening across all of your media, it could be that. Hope that helps.

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