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M4A files using Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3).

Hey everyone,

I've recently acquired some Dolby Atmos music (from Tidal) that has been packaged into .m4a and encoded using Dolby Digital Plus (.E-AC3), I've looked on the components repository and found a Dolby Digital decoder (.AC3). Obviously, this won't do a thing. I also downloaded that bundle of decoders from but there's no mention of E-AC3/DD+ anywhere.

I already own the Dolby Access UWP app from the MS Store and the full license for Dolby Atmos for Headphones.

Is there any E-AC3 decoders out there for foobar2000? Or what other players have E-AC3 decoding available (I have WinAmp, WMP and iTunes).


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Re: M4A files using Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3).

Reply #1
VLC Media Player, MPC-HC, and MPC-BE will play raw E-AC3 audio files, but I don't know if they would within a M4A wrapper.  You may need to extract the E-AC3 first with ffmpeg or mp4box.

Re: M4A files using Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3).

Reply #2
foo_input_ffmpeg+ffmpeg can decode .m4a with e-ac3. But it will be decoded as normal e-ac3, not as dolby atmos.

Re: M4A files using Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3).

Reply #3
@sveakul I just tried VLC Media Player (v3.0.14 Vetinari) now, and it's able to play it with Dolby Atmos for Headphones. Cheers, I completely forgot that I had VLC installed lol.

Confirmed: VLC Media Player can play Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3) content, even if in an m4a container.

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