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Posted 7/8/15 , edited 7/9/15
does any of the consoles have 5.1 surround output on the streams?
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Posted 7/8/15 , edited 7/9/15
I don't think any CR streams are 5.1. Hell, most JP anime releases are stereo only. Because of that, no console is outputting a true 5.1 mix (not because they can't, but because 5.1 CR mixes don't exist.).

They can probably upmix stereo to 5.1 though. You'll lose everything that makes 5.1 good but technically you may have sound coming out of 5.1 speakers.
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Posted 7/8/15 , edited 7/9/15
well i guess then there's no point watching on the consoles over the pc
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Posted 7/9/15 , edited 7/10/15
The Xbox 360 has 5.1 out thru optical (turn off display discovery in the settings) . However , there is no broadcast in 5.1 . My Samsung Blu-ray would upscale the audio to mimic 5.1 (sounded good too) but CR decided to dump on Smart TV users & Blu-ray players ... Now Blu-ray releases are a different story ...
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Posted 11/25/17 , edited 11/25/17
Sorry for bringing this post back from the dead. But I also wanted to chime in that how good a series' audio sounds with Dolby Pro Logic all depends on how the source material was mixed and encoded. If the source two channel audio on a series is intentionally mixed and encoded with Dolby Prologic I or II in mind, the results can be staggeringly impressive. The audio in Another and JoJo's bizarre Adventures on Crunchyroll via forced two channel PCM from a PS4 to my Pioneer SC-07 system comes to mind. Separation and Full-Range sound Dynamics sound so good on these two series that I honestly had to check my receivers display to be sure a 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus stream wasn't actually going through to my receiver instead of two channel PCM.

So in short, it depends on the person mixing the anime series' audio. Garbage in, garbage out. Impeccable sound design in, impeccable audio experience out.

Your receiver and the Dolby codec chip can only do so much, so it's highly dependent on the source material.
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