Amazon Fire TV Streaming Media Player Specs

Dimensions (WxHxD): 4.5 in x 0.7 x 4.5 in
Weight (Ounces): 9.9
Video Outputs: HDMI 1.4b with HDCP
Audio Outputs: HDMI, optical (TOSLINK)
Additional Connections: 5.5 mm DC power Jack, 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 Type A
Supported Video Resolution: 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
Supported Audio Output: Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch Stereo and HDMI audio passthrough up to 7.1
Supported Formats:
Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1
Audio: AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, HE-A, PCM, MP3
Photo: JPG, PNG

jaberwoc's picture

This is actually a question. I currently use a ROKU player which only passes 5.1 sound via HDMI. My receiver, an older but venerable Yamaha DSP A-1, has no HDMI input - so I simulate surround via the toslink connection (stereo pass through) from my Panasonic plasma (which works better than you might imagine). Will the 5.1 output from the Fire TV be recognized as Dolby Digital 5.1 by older AVRs like mine, allowing true surround sound - or will it require additional decoding, like DD+ ?? This feature one of the most attractive as an upgrade (none of the new ROKU line offer this) - and will it work with premium services like NETFLIX? I'm a novice at the streaming sound formats and don't really understand how they function in terms of backward compatibility. I know I should upgrade my AVR, but my old DSP A-1 really puts out great sound and works with all my other older components just fine. Thanks for any input.