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PCM or Bitstream
I am trying to get my new Pioneer AVR SC81 set up for best audio from a Panasonic BD85 BluRay and am connected via HDMI. I initially used Bitstream because I assumed the Pioneer would have the best decoders. However yesterday I switched to PCM. I have been using a Master and Commander DVD (first battle) to test out system balance for effects. When I switched to PCM with DTS the immersion was downright scary, I would have expected small children to be running from the room. Dolby Digital was good too but DTS had more punch, perhaps too much but I preferred it. When I had run this on Bitstream the effect was much less inspiring and I don't understand why.
I am wondering what everyone else is using. I could go with analog direct too. Haven't tried it yet but I have the cables. It is just that there are so many setting in the BD85 and it takes a lot of testing to figure out what they all do.
The BD85 is an old player. So I would be surprised if it would do a better job of decoding, unless I still haven't figured out the proper settings for the bitstream out. I am also not sure the BD85 will decode the latest formats properly.
What settings have you guys found that give the best surround results? Any comments are welcome. I asked on the Pioneer Elite forum but got no input.
BluRay Panasonic BD85
Optoma projector & Seiki TV
7.1 - Klipsch KG5.2, center, bookshelf SB, Acoustech sides
JBL E250P Subwoofer