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Re: [mediaqueries4] Media queries for multichannel audio ?

From: Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:57:56 +0000
To: Henrik Andersson <henke@henke37.cjb.net>
CC: "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>, "florian@rivoal.net" <florian@rivoal.net>
Message-ID: <B461995A-C955-48D8-8C28-8143A0C85284@netflix.com>

On Mar 19, 2013, at 9:42 AM, Henrik Andersson wrote:

> Mark Watson skriver:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Has there been any dissuasion of media queries for audio media ?
>> Specifically, I am interested in discovering whether the attached audio device supports multi-channel audio (5.1, 7.1 etc.) so that I can choose an appropriate resource.
>> I believe it would be sufficient to have a 'channel count' property which is just an integer count of the number of audio channels supported by the output device.
>> Thanks!
>> Mark Watson
> I'd like to add that it could be useful to know if there is a limit to
> the number of mixer channels available. Some platforms use hardware
> mixers that have a limited amount of channels.

Actually, I am interested in the number of physical speakers - or more specifically the number of channels actually output from the device.

I have a multichannel stream and a professionally downmixed stereo stream and if there are only two output channels I'd rather provide the stereo stream than have the device do its own downmixing.

I distinguish between the number of physical speakers and the number of output channels because there are setups where the audio output is making proper use of the 6 output channels but has less than 6 speakers (for example soundbars, where there is audio processing which tries to simulate the effect of surround speakers using phase manipulations etc.). I consider those setups as having 6 output channels. But if the device is doing straight downmixing to stereo, I'd rather provide the professional stereo stream (which is also less bandwidth).


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