I’ve heard, or rather read, from many sources that the Playstation3 has excellent sound- so this weekend I went out and bought one (Slim 250gb) to showcase my in-progress home theater. My first console since the Super Nintendo. I’m finding, however, that it is generally not impressive at all due to horribly poor positional audio in regards to the center channel
The PS3 is connected via HDMI to my new onkyo receiver with energy RC micro speakers (center, rears and front-high) a bic f12 subwoofer and a pair of technics (soon to be replaced) towers as the fronts. My TV is a Samsung 60es8000.
I have the PS3 set to Linear PCM (but have also tested bitstream) and have set the receiver to Direct, Multichannel, Prologic IIz, and just about every other setting.
Basically I’m finding that the center channel simply does not work correctly across the board in games…
In “Final Fantasy 13” the center channel is dead silent except for dialog and Pre-Rendered sequences (and it sounds fantastic during those sequences). It makes the game really strange as so much of the action is dead-center and there is no sound coming from there at all. The rears and front-highs all work beautifully however.
In "Uncharted" I believe the issue is basically the same as FF13, but if I go into the options in-game and manually set the center-speaker to large it works just fine (though I don’t have a “large” center speaker and I fear damage…)
In "Little Big planet 2" there is no in-game action sounds from the center at all, only the menu beeps and clicks are heard in the center.
In the digital-download of Dust there is no sound coming from the center at all, ever.
In the Playstation main menu there is no sound in the center, all of the menu sounds come strictly from the front left and right.
Essentially I’m wondering how so many people can say the PS3 has such great sound when it doesn’t seem to operate properly with center channel speakers (the likes of which I am now realizing is the most important as not having it makes everything sound so very flat).
I feel like there’s a hidden “center speaker size small-or-large” setting that I’m just not seeing as setting Center to Large within "Uncharted" (the only of the games with that option) seems to completely resolve it. Is there such a setting on the PS3 itsself ?
Is it just me that’s having these problems? I’ve tried every combination of settings I can think of but have found no way to make it work properly. Does anyone out there have those games and experience these issues?
TLDR: Does the PS3 have inherently horrible center-channel audio or is there a setting I'm missing?