Originally Posted by bootoo256
...I have done all the initial instal and am planning to use the HDMI in for both my cable Box + Mediacenter.
So far, with the media center, I have only been able to get Stereo to work hence my horrible doubt...
Has any of you guys manage to get a 5.1 sound out of home theatre using and HDMI in and not the built in DVD/Blue ray player???...
Hi bootoo56. We are using the Tv as the hub for a couple of PVRs, one of which is FoxSat HDR which can receive the fancy sound that comes with some HiDef Tv broadcasts, when a 'DD' symbol appears with 'digital' on the screen. When this symbol is displayed the 5 speakers seem to give better surround sound, which is most noticeable when watching action films.
The subject of 5.1 sound is full of jargon and seems quite complicated, but some formats are sometimes said not to be transmissible by Hdmi. Also most broadcasts do not make 5.1 sound available anyway so there is less to worry about.
On the other hand BTTs have settings which can reproduce stereo sound as 5.1 from stereo sound, so that all the speakers work. We use Digital-In (for optical from Tv) and 'Manual - Dolby Pro Logic II - Music' (or Cinema, to which it may automatically switch for some films) which seems to work fine and when the Dolby symbol shows the sound is noticeably more dramatic.
Although our Tv (hub) is connected to the BTT370 by Hdmi and
optical for the sound, the FoxSat is connected first to the Tv by Hdmi
, so the 5.1 sound seems to be getting down the Hdmi cable ok.