Originally Posted by redwolf4k
I was looking for an inexpensive home theater to go with my 50" Panasonic S1 and decided to buy the HTSS370 setup by Sony.
For the price, you get the 5 sats, a decent sub, and tons of hook ups, and its loaded with inputs for the price point: two optical inputs, 1 coax input, 3 hdmi inputs, and 1 hdmi output. I had no interest in a built in blu-ray player, because I am using a PS3 for that, and couldnt find a system that had as many inputs as this unit for the price, that also had the blu-ray player. So I went with this stand alone unit.
It sounds pretty good, but I am a surround sound newb. I first hooked the entire unit up via hdmi, all my devices would pass through the sony reciever, and it would all output to one hdmi input on the tv. I quickly cahnged this when i realized I would loose all my independent input settings on the tv. So, I hooked it up to audio only, utilizing the optical outputs on all my devices. Now I have the ability to use my independent inputs, and use the surround system, without it being so intrusive.
The Auto Calibration with the Mic was quick and easy! My dog didn't enjoy it though...
I am using D.C.S. Movie mode....but am a little confused. Is that the best option for 5.1 surround? I don't see a Dolby Digital, or DTS option....Just D.C.S., and Prologic II, among some other custom ones like "sports". Is D.C.S. the way to go? It sounds like the best one.
I have the HT-SS370 and love it with my PS3 and Bravia TV.
I don't understand what you mean by the HDMI connections being intrusive. The receiver knows when you are using the "TV" or the PS3 and should switch automatically. You are definitely missing out by using optical for the PS3. The PS3 should not be connected to the receiver via optical. HDMI is the way to go. The PS3 is able to decode DTS-MA and Dolby TruHD and sent it LPCM to the receiver only via HDMI, not optical. You have to make sure that DTS-MA and Dolby TruHD are selected in the audio options on the PS3 and that you set up the PS3 to send the BD signal on Linear PCM. The Receiver unit will show LPCM in the display even though the PS3 is handling all the decoding. Optical can't handle the bandwidth. If you want to check what the PS3 is decoding and sending LPCM to the unit, you can check by pressing "triangle" on the PS3 controller and then "i" for info. The information is shown in the upper right corner. As I said, the receiver will only show that is receiving LPCM.
However, an optical cable is optimal from the TV to the receiver unit, since DD 5.1 and 2.1 can be sent through optical cable, and most stations broadcast in those formats. The best Sound Field setting for playing BD movies and games from the PS3 is AFD-STD since this reproduces sounds as they were meant to be reproduced. When playing broadcast TV, I select PL-II movies and the unit detects if a station is broadcasting DD 5.1 or 2.0. If it is 2.0 the PL-II kicks in to give surround, if it is 5.1 only DD 5.1 is reproduced. If you have a cable box with coax, then coax can be used from the box instead of the optical from the TV or cable box.
I don't like the Movie-DCS and, but this is a matter of taste. I like to hear the sounds as they were meant by the source material, as I mentioned above. Movie-DCS does work with 5.1 DD and 2.0 or ay signal, and it applies PL-I if needed. Like I said, I mostly don't use for BD/DVD playing and select AFD-STD. However, I do use Movie-DCS for Netflix streaming since Netflix is not streaming DD 5.1 still and I find that it works well for these movies.
Also, the unit detects signal automatically, you can't select if you want DD, or DTS, the unit does from the signal and PL-I or PL-II are applied automatically, if needed and you have it selected as a sound field. Also, when you are using your external speaker or 5.1 you should not have the TV speakers working... I am probably misunderstanding something from your comment, but it seems like you are trying to run the TV speakers while the 5.1 system is on. The TV speakers should be OFF while the 5.1 is on.
I have this system and, like I said before, I am loving it. Let me know if you have any questions.