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I am trying to determine the format of the audio portion of a video being sent from a digital device (DVD player, DVR, etc.) to a digital TV via an HDMI cable. My understanding is that the audio portion of this video is converted to a standard uncompressed PCM format. Is this correct?

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Not necessarily. HDMI devices supporting audio transmission MUST support 2-channel L-PCM but there are a variety of other optional audio formats allowed by the HDMI 1.4b specification.

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Ok, but the bottom line is that all HDMI devices MUST support LPCM, correct? thanks! –  Bcorngtr Mar 1 '12 at 3:57
    
@Bcorngtr, yes, if the device supports any audio formats, LPCM must be one of them. –  Mike Fitzpatrick Mar 1 '12 at 5:18

It must support uncompressed PCM, yes

Audio data, which can consist of any compressed, non-compressed, PCM, single or multi-channel formats (including the new DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD formats for blue laser DVDs), fit into the video blanking intervals and are sent as HDMI packets.

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For digital audio, if an HDMI device supports audio, it is required to support the baseline format: stereo (uncompressed) PCM. Other formats are optional, with HDMI allowing up to 8 channels of uncompressed audio at sample sizes of 16-bit, 20-bit and 24-bit, with sample rates of 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz and 192 kHz.

from wikipedia

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