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Enable DTS passthrough for .dts audio files in XBMC

XBMC by default will not pass DTS to your audio receiver when playing .dts files or DTS .wav files. This is because XBMC by default plays all audio using PAplayer, which apparently does not handle DTS; the audio is downmixed to 2 channels. You can easily get around this by playing the audio via XBMC’s DVD Player. You can’t do this song-by-song as XBMC will only let you open video files with the DVD Player via the interface. There’s a fix that allows you to make XBMC play your DTS files via DVD Player automatically via the Music menu, though:

Find your playercorefactory.xml file (is at /usr/share/xbmc/system in XBMC live/XBMCbuntu) and add this line somewhere below the line “<rules name=”system rules”>”, and before “</rules>”:

<rule filetypes=”(dts|wav)” player=”DVDPlayer” />

Note: Visualizations won’t work and there is a ~1 second delay before you hear audio after hitting play, so each song is missing the first one second. It’s certainly better than your 5.1 mix outputting over only 2 channels though.