I just bought a Samsung BD-C6500 yesturday and I am finding that the audio from the 5.1 Analog output is very week compared to the optical connection.
I have an older Sony 333ES receiver that does not have HDMI inputs, so I would like to utuilize the 5.1 Analog inputs in order to get the better uncompresses audio from Bluray disks. However, I find that the audio quality does not appear to sound as good when I used the analog outputs from this player. I have to turn the volume WAY up compared to the optical cable, and I find that the overall audio seems "confined" and "lacks bass" with the analog inputs. When I flip it back to the Optical output and let me receiver do the decoding, the sound field opens right up.
I have the player set to pass PCM audio as recommended in the manual.
Just as a test I hooked up my original 10 year old Sony DVD player using its 5.1 analog outputs and it seems to sound fine so I know it is not my cables or anything.
In addition... when I first got the player all audio sounded bad and actually distorted. However, I did a manual update to the firmware to the latest version and that seemed to fix that part. For whatever reason the Automatic update over the Internet was not seeing that there was a newer firmware. I was just about the rip the player out and take it back to the store (after spending well over an hour hooking it up in my enclosed cabinet... a bit of swearing was occuring last night let me tell you).
Any suggestions? Is anyone having this problem?
Lucky for me I purchased the player for a price cheaper than the BD-5500 model due to a print mistake in the Bestbuy flier this week (they reversed the prices) so if I had to use the optical and have the player convert it to DTS audio it wouldn't be the end of the world. This method sounds WAY better than the analog for some reason.
1. My theory is that the decoders in the Samsung player suck and don't decode as well as my receiver (it was a $1400 receiver 10 years ago).
2. I got a defective unit.