Originally Posted by rdclark
The speaker settings only affect the analog multichannel outputs. Period. End of story.
Okay; didn't mean to upset or enrage you -- just trying to figure out how it's all working. Can you just please explain to me why this speaker setup menu only affects analog multichannel outs when for TrueHD, the player must internally decode these formats and send them out over HDMI to a processor? Wouldn't this imply that the player is doing some kind of decoding/work and therefore the speaker settings in that menu would matter?
I had read in an old DMP-BD10A thread on here that someone named "Lee Bailey" claimed those speaker settings are affected for analog and all digital PCM transmissions coming down digital lines (so far)...so, wouldn't this mean the digital transmission of TrueHD as multichannel PCM?
Let's assume what you're saying is so, for a moment -- does that mean the speaker setup menu of the player is ignored (going digital HDMI connection like I'm using) and my receiver is simply "seeing" the raw LPCM stream from the player, which it then processes through its "Multichannel" listening mode? Do I have this right? So, speaker delays, levels, bass management, etc. is all handled by the receiver at this point for the incoming LPCM signal, correct? If so, is the player simply automatically "treating" my speakers as LARGE when it's decoding the TrueHD to multichannel PCM, where my receiver then takes over?
I appreciate your continued assistance explaining this to me.
You might want to check in the appropriate layer thread, but I suspect here that they're referring to optical digital out, not HDMI. With LPCM, only 2 channels are possible via optical or coax audio outputs. For multichannel LPCM, you must use HDMI.
That makes more sense -- the manual doesn't really make this clear, as it doesn't instruct what happens over an HDMI connection. I understand that only two channels are available for LPCM over the legacy optical/coax outputs, which makes sense in terms of what the manual is saying.
See, what's confusing here is that the Panasonic's manual doesn't say anything about a "multichannel signal" being output over HDMI from the player when you select "PCM" for the TrueHD/DTS-HD output -- it (apparently from what you've said above) only covers PCM over coax/optical. Does Panasonic assume that everyone using this player would have known that only multichannel PCM can be sent over HDMI?