Originally Posted by Dorny423
Thanks I may try this. I was going to try it through component just to see if DD 5.1 works but I am fairly certain it would and that this is just an issue with the use of an HDMI cable.
Yes, using component cables is the same as using an HDMI-to-DVI cable, or eliminating the audio portion of the HDMI signal using the pair of HDMI cables and pair of DVI-to-HDMI adapters solution I described above. As long as you have no audio aspect for the SA8300 to worry about (as you don't, with any of the above approaches) there's no reason for the SA8300 to shut down its DD5.1 delivery thinking that the receiving device at the other end of the audio cable (i.e. the HDMI cable) cannot receive it.
So yes, using component cables is yet another solution, although depending on your HDTV this might be undesirable from a video quality perspective.
With the old software I was able to force the 5.1 audio to my receiver while using HDMI to my set. In the new menus it shows this as an option but it doesn't work. The old software also allowed me to set what resolution I sent to my set via HDMI the new software doesn't let me via HDMI but will via component.
Is this true? I don't have an SA8300 but I'm quite familiar with it as I've helped several friends and family members who have it. I thought there was a setup option dealing with video sent out by the SA8300, and I can't imagine they would have tampered with it.
You got into General Settings (press Settings button twice) and navigate to "SET: PICTURE FORMAT". Then you move the cursor right, and then navigate to the "PASS-THROUGH" or "AUTO-DVI" setting. This causes the SA8300 to send out resolution which matches that of the source program.
Also, you should have initially gone through the basic "VIDEO SETUP WIZARD" for the SA8300. With power off on the SA8300 but power on for your HDTV, simultaneously press the INFO and GUIDE buttons on the front of the box. The VIDEO SETUP WIZARD will appear on your HDTV screen. It's pretty intuitive so just follow its instructions. Essentially you're asked to confirm that your HDTV can or cannot receive each of the resolutions the SA8300 is capable of putting out. If you say YES, and a program is received in that format, and you have PASS-THROUGH specified (as described above), the show will be passed through in exactly the same resolution as it arrived in. No up or down convert.
Depending on how you feel about side bars for 4:3 content (personally, I WANT them so them that the 4:3 picture is proper proportioned and people look like people) you should experiment with how 4:3 content displays on your HDTV when you tell the SA8300's SETUP WIZARD that the set can or cannot accept 480p and 480i (standard and wide). If you say NO to those questions the picture displayed will be upconverted (to 720p, probably) and presented with sidebars (i.e. with proper aspect ratio, no zoom or stretch).
Don't listen to the technician who tells you not to use HDMI.