My first day playing with JellyFin. Very positive experience so far.
I installed the Jellyfin for Fire TV app on my 2020 FireTV Stick Lite, which is connected to my new AV receiver (supports, DTS, AC3, EAC3, etc).
Have app configured to Direct audio with DTS bitstreaming enabled. So I can play videos with AC3 and DTS and have it passthrough to the receiver just fine. The Fire Stick settings are set to allow passthrough of EAC3 as well. However, when I play a video with EAC3, the windows Jellyfin server is converting the EAC3 to to AC3 before sending it to the Fire Stick. I know that EAC3/DD+ passthrough works on the fire stick because I use it in other apps on the FireStick.
I don’t see any other settings for this on the Fire TV app that seem relevant. The only thing that I found that helped was to modify the user settings on the server by disabling the “Allow audio playback that requires transcoding” setting for the user (me). This worked. EAC3 made it to the FireStick and then passed through to the AV receiver.
I’m concerned though because this setting is for the user, no matter what device the user is using. I have 3 other Android devices (phone, tablet and cheapo TV box) and they’re probably not going to react well to receiving these formats since they don’t support them natively.
So is there another less “sledge hammery” way of getting EAC3 to my firestick that I’m just not seeing?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I’m very hopeful that Jellyfin will finally be my exit ramp off the broken highway that is plex.