Originally Posted by wse
Chapper I understand from Sony that when using Analog Multichannel you are down converting the DD tru HD and DTS MA to DD and DTS!!
Makes no sense also you have to press close for the tray to close what is that all about?
wse: The people at sony are numheads. They told me a bunch of crap prior to my purchase. Stuff
that they knew 0 about. Anyway. This info is totally incorrect. You should go to the Sony S550
owners thread instead of this one and then you'll get the answers you seek, just don't take my
word. I also did a review on this player in one of my postings
Here is it.
Well, I picked this up from sonystyle store... they are just damn a..es in that store.
Anyway, got it hooked to my Sony DA7es as 7.1 analog multichannel.
Boosted the bass level in the Amp to the default +10db.
Configured the 550 as it should for multichannel out and hdmi -video.
I also set the subwoofer level to 0db and played with the settings of the other speakers until I was satisfied.... that is similarly to what my receiver had been setup. Used the test tone, however, a true test is done by outputting various sound sources and adjusting until a satisfactory level is achieved. This is because sound is a personal thing and what might be pleasing for one is not for another.
To continue: I have also connected my coaxial and component outs to my receiver/tv etc.
Using Rambo dts ma 7.1 :
Audio: Very good, but could be more beefy. I had to up the level of my sub to 3-5db in order to get some good pounding bass as I was accustomed to with my regular Dts es sd tracks etc.
Rush Hour 3 dts ma 7.1
Audio: This was completely different from rambo, I had to reduce my sub level in the receiver to its default 0db. The 7.1 track was much better with more bass and movement than the Rambo. ( and to think I got rambo just to use as a reference disc...what a disappointment)
Spiderman 3 Dolby true hd 5.1
The video was also excellent and so was the sound like rush hour 3.
My thoughts on this 7.1 Multichannel hookup: This 550 is a damn good player that decodes all the new sound formats without a hitch. Some blue rays discs are not as good as others and you will definitely find some differences in the sound dynamics and so forth as you move from movie to movie.
I have tried several and found that you have to fine tune at times to suit your listening preferences.
The upconversion is good/very good, although, I did have a good sony dvd player prior to this and my system is professionally calibrated. However, the disks seemed a little sharper and the picture a little more defined...
Audio on these disks, if outputting through multichannel
for Dts es 6.1... will be outputted as dts 3x2.1
for all the discs I tried including dolby digital EX DTS ES 5.1/6.1, they all played through the multichannel, but... I also did this:
for Std DVD's
I changed to coaxial in the player setup and let my Sony DA 7ES receiver handle the decoding.... guess what. It was much better. The sound was what I was accustomed to and the decoding was flawless with the EX/ES tracks playing through to the back surround as before.
I also tried outputting the Blue ray movie through the coaxial and let my DA7ES do the decoding as normal dolby/dts... the sound here again was fantastic. It was even better than standard dvds.
I do have a very good setup with my Subwoofer and 7.1 speakers. They make almost anything sound good.
I did notice that during the playback of Rush hour. The 550 indicated that the sound output was dts 5/2.1 I guess something to do with the flag of this disc.
Audio CDs: sounded as good or better than my previous dvd player. Anyway, I have a Denon CD player that I will never give up on.
This player will not and do not play MP3's. It recognises the folders as a photo file and will indicate that no photos are present.
The Remote control center navigation control buttons are too close to the return and home buttons. Several times I end up hitting to home button instead of the down arrow button... and this is real....???
Bookmarks work on some discs and not on others... never on std Dvds
Another piece of info that some may want:
If you have a TV with a DVI -D input that allows hdcp protection pass through, You can get a hdmi to DVI cable and it will give you full resolution 1080p (if your TV can support it).
In conclusion, if you are thinking of using your Receiver that is damn good and has multichannel inputs, but no HDMI/codecs for DTS MA etc, just get something like the 550 and you may just be able to continue enjoying your current HT system without putting out $$$ unnecessarily.
Should anyone need anymore input on my setup/response, I'll be glad to assist.
I purchased this unit from the Sonystyle retail store with the Sony/chase card and anticipate the 150 credit. I did pay 29.99 for an extended 2 year plan. With taxes and my anticipated credit I will be paying a total of approx $307.00 for this unit.
Thanks again and happy HT-ing to you all.