no audio with AAC since 9.0 / audio settings verification

  • Hello everyone


    I've updated to 9.0 recently and noticed that I have no audio with AAC. After some tweaking I've managed to get the sound, but I'm not sure I have the most optimal settings.


    Here is what I have:

    WeTek Hub with only HDMI output.

    Yamaha RX-V757 [old] receiver without HDMI but with SPDIF.

    In order to convert the interfaces between the WeTek and AVR an external splitter/converter is used - HDMI in / HDMI out + SPDIF out.

    Converter has a mode switch with 3 options:

    Pass - the SPDIF output audio format depends on the TV EDID.

    2.0CH - the SPDIF output audio format is LPCM 2CH /my current setting/

    5.1CH - the SPDIF output audio format is 5.1CH (the source audio must be 5.1CH)


    Finally, my audio settings in LE:

    Audio output device: the only HDMI interface

    Number of channels: 3 (my rear speakers are not currently connected, no sound with AAC if set to 2)

    Stereo upmix: enabled (otherwise no sound with AAC)

    Allow Passthrough: enabled

    Passthrough output device: the only HDMI interface

    Dolby Digital (AC3) capable receiver: enabled

    DTS capable receiver: enabled


    Please comment and/or advise.

  • AndrewZ

    Changed the title of the thread from “no audio with AAC / audio settings verification” to “no audio with AAC since 9.0 / audio settings verification”.
  • I’ve been having the same issue with LibreELEC 9.0.0 on an ODROID C2 connected to a Sony HT-XT1 sound base. Had no worries with 8.x at all playing anything really (DD, DTS, DTS-HD, TrueHD, AAC, MP3), using HDMI passthrough for all supported formats. AAC is now only playing when I change output to 5.1 and enable stereo upmix, and the sound output will typically become “corrupted” (deep and slow) after playing a video. Passthrough stuff is still fine though. If anyone has any ideas I’d appreciate them!

  • @orudge

    I have had the same issues on a Wetek Hub with 9.0.0 and 9.0.1.


    1) no audio with AAC 2.0 unless stereo upmix is turned on. AAC 5.1 did work without stereo upmix.

    2) “corrupted” audio (deep and slow) after playing a video on AAC audio. Pass through is still fine.


    I am starting to get the feeling that issues on the Amlogic devices are not a priority for Libreelec. I just learned of Coreelec and that they focus on the Amlogic devices. I can confirm that these audio issues are not present with the Wetek Hub runnung Coreelec 9.0.1 . However I do find an issue with Coreelec. Maybe I can't have my cake and eat it too?

  • Same here. Updated from 8 to 9.0.1 on odroid c2 hardware and now most of

    AAC stuff is broken. One movie with AAC 2.0 started working with stereo upmix switch, some other 2.0 did not. 5.1 is wonky too. Half speed audio or constant dropouts. This makes libreelec mostly unusable on this hardware as there were other problems with 8 version ;(

  • Same here with odroid c2 on LE 9. With LE8 i do not had any problems passing all the sound codes to my decoder. But now it is just unusable. I'mrunning Kodi V18 now temporarly on FireTV but looking forward to some fix.

  • @AndrewZ I agree. Coreelec seems rock solid for me on the Wetek Hub. My only complaint is a 1/2 second delay for video to resume after skipping forward or backward. I think it may have to do with how they fixed resync issues with HEVC.

  • DD+ also not working.

    Is there anyone working on those issues? Is the crew aware of those issues?

    LibreELEC (Leia) on Raspberry Pi 4B

  • I'm running now CoreELEC with my Odroid C2. Didn't know that fork until yesterday. It works perfectly now with all Sound Codecs and so on. Armlogic devices should move to CoreELEC because the focus of that fork is for those devices.

  • Same here. Updated from 8 to 9.0.1 on odroid c2 hardware and now most of

    AAC stuff is broken. One movie with AAC 2.0 started working with stereo upmix switch, some other 2.0 did not. 5.1 is wonky too. Half speed audio or constant dropouts. This makes libreelec mostly unusable on this hardware as there were other problems with 8 version ;(

    Same here. Updated from 8 to 9.0.1 on Odroid C2. AC3 stereo no sound unless upmixed. This is the case either passthrough or locally decoded. Very disappointing this serious issue is not fixed after so many months and user reports. The upside to 9.0 is that hardware h265 decoding (why I got the C2 in the first place) actually works. Before the system would crash after a few minutes.


    I'm running now CoreELEC with my Odroid C2. Didn't know that fork until yesterday. It works perfectly now with all Sound Codecs and so on. Armlogic devices should move to CoreELEC because the focus of that fork is for those devices.


    Thanks. I've enjoyed LE but maybe key devs have moved on to this branch, like how they moved from openelev to LE. Will give it a try if further problems persist.

  • I've enjoyed LE but maybe key devs have moved on to this branch, like how they moved from openelev to LE.

    Incorrect. It's not at all like the OE move where the entire team (literally everyone minus one) moved on to leave the single problem developer to work by themselves. Only the two developers that proved themselves unable to work to the standards set by the rest of the team moved on. The rest of the team are intact and the Amlogic mainline kernel change is our focus. The key developers and active contributors towards the future of Amlogic working on that are all here and things in the mainline camp are moving along quite nicely. There are event test images available in these forums.

  • Incorrect. It's not at all like the OE move where the entire team (literally everyone minus one) moved on to leave the single problem developer to work by themselves. Only the two developers that proved themselves unable to work to the standards set by the rest of the team moved on. The rest of the team are intact and the Amlogic mainline kernel change is our focus. The key developers and active contributors towards the future of Amlogic working on that are all here and things in the mainline camp are moving along quite nicely. There are event test images available in these forums.

    Thanks for clarifying. Ok, I'll stick with LE and hope the next updates fix this serious issue. (Stereo AC3 is in more than half of all videos floating on the internet.) Thank you for the work on LE!

  • None of the LE staff have touched the 3.14 kernel in some time. It's a bit like a set of sports kit that you left in a bag three months ago and if you open the bag it really stinks, so it's easiest to just leave the bag closed. Our development focus has been on the mainline kernel for some time now and once you start moving downhill off the mountain of stupid stuff the legacy kernel requires, choosing to stumble uphill again just doesn't happen.


    Test LibreELEC images with KODI-18 for S9xxx has balbes150 images which are largely based on my amlogic branch in GitHub which will get merged into our main repo once Linux 5.1 drops. The mainline kernel has some feature gaps but for most use is stable and quite usable.