5.1 Surround help - Onkyo s3500
I am having trouble hearing 5.1 source material across all 5 of my speakers correctly, from devices that I believe support 5.1 audio (e.g. Xbox 360 and DVD player). I want to hear all five speakers working when they should, or understand what won't work in 5.1 (e.g., maybe Netflix really won't transmit true 5.1)
For the record, I don't believe wiring is my issue. When using the 'All Channel' listening mode, all five speakers transmit sound so I don't believe I have any crimps in wiring. I'd much rather listen to true 5.1 sound, rather than All Channel, when I can actually take advantage of it (e.g. video games, newer movies).
Depending on the listening mode, I have varied results from speakers. The receiver has Listening Modes broken down into three sub-sections: Movie&TV / Music / Game. Some modes understandably only transmit through the front three speakers (stereo modes), while others technically make sound in all five speakers & sub, but at a major loss. But when I use modes such as TV Logic / Neo 6 / Dolby PL II, the audio is extremely washed out --- this applies to all Modes under 'Movies & TV'. Sounds as though only background noises / echoes are audible, while the main dialogue / explosions are muted. Some of the 'Game' modes sound well enough -- with main dialogue seeming to come from front three speakers & sub, while background noises are coming out of the two rear speakers. Game-RPG seems to have the best mix of front & rear sound.
When I check the source input directly from the source (Audio menu from Xbox 360 / Audio setting from DVD player or DVD menu / Audio setting from Netflix app), all are listed as 'Dolby Digital 5.1'. However, when I confirm what the receiver is receiving, by checking the 'Info' sub-menu from the Home button, the Input is listed as 2.0 channel at 48kHz. Under that same 'Info' listing, the Output is shown to be 5.1 channel (under Game-RPG for example).
Based on that contradicting information, I don't believe that I am using the full potential 5.1 capability of my system, if the receiver is only recognizing 2.0 channels despite transmitting over all five speakers. Makes me assume that the audio is being matrixed to 5 channels, and that there is room for improvement. Now, this could be totally incorrect, but I am not sure.
HTiB / Receiver information: S3500 package with HT-R391 receiver
Xbox / DVD player - HDMI - Receiver - HDMI - TV
All speaker wires are plugged into the speaker 'A' connections, and speakers 'A' are on, while 'B' are off.
Other Receiver settings:
- Audio TV Out is set to 'off'
- LipSync is set to 'off'
- Both Xbox or DVD player are correctly assigned HDMI port from HDMI Input setting (and not taken by Component setting)
- 'Audio Selector' set to HDMI
- 'Fixed Mode' set to 'Off'
I may be forgetting some settings, but don't want to add too much noise (pardon the pun).
Any help is greatly appreciated! As I mentioned, I may be making a mountain out of a mole hill, as I do have sound playing from all speakers. But given that the input is only recognized as 2.0 channels, while the output is shown as 5.1 channels, I feel I can hear better.