[pulseaudio-discuss] {PATCH][RFC] AC3 passthrough support

Tanu Kaskinen tanuk at iki.fi
Sun Jul 11 02:15:12 PDT 2010

On Sun, 2010-07-11 at 08:43 +0000, Michael Rans wrote:
> At the moment I can switch between A52 and stereo SPDIF but it
> requires file editing and restarting Pulseaudio. 
> 1. I haven't tried the new profiles yet - does this mean with the
> profiles in a GUI, I would be able to switch from A52 to stereo SPDIF
> output without editing any files or restarting Pulseaudio? 

Yes. And the A52 profile is not new, it's at least a year old now. The
profile that I mean should show up as "Digital Surround 5.1 (IEC958/AC3)
Output" in the card profile list, while the stereo profile is "Digital
Stereo (IEC958) Output" or "Digital Stereo Duplex (IEC958)" (the latter
actually means that only output is enabled, no input at all - that's a

> 2. Would I be able to switch while music is playing between stereo and
> A52 and back (as is currently possible between my SPDIF and HDMI on
> different soundcards)?

The switching requires changing the card profile, because both sinks
(spdif/stereo and spdif/a52) can't exist at the same time. So, just
select the card profile and you're done. Except I think it's possible
that your music gets routed to some wrong sink, so you may need to also
move the music stream after switching the card profile.

Tanu Kaskinen

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