Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Originally Posted by Doe Doe
I recently purchased a used denon 890 and ran into an issue with audio + blurays. Basically the bluray starts, blue light shines, yet no audio. If I switch back to a different audio source or cycle through the audio tracks, then Dolby/DTS HD plays (at least usually). One time when it was playing it also wouldn't allow Audyssey or Dynamic EQ to work at all, just stated 'not available' when I tried to choose them.
Looking back on this thread I think I diagnosed the issue as the firmware requiring an update. My question is, can I simply use pcm from my bluray player, and is that basically the equivalent, even though the dolby hd light isn't on? I sort of hate that light anyway (I prefer the dimmer all the way off), so no big loss if I'm just losing an annoying blue light.
Any other issues I may run into? I also have another bluray player I could try instead, but not sure if the issue is for all players, or just certain brands.
Also not sure if denon still updates firmware for these or not, seeing they are pretty old. I do have one center near me, but they are 'self-servicing' only, which I am guessing means they just fix newer models they sell themselves.
I also have a 2310. There is no loss in sound quality in using PCM decoded by the blu-ray player, at least for a HDMI 1.3 capable blu-ray player (same age). There is a method to self update a 2310 requiring purchasing a connector for the RS232 port, but I don't think this applies to an 890. You would also have to have the file. There is no internet connection and no allowance for using USB to update. Personally, I would try the PCM route in this case. Not sure how persistent your other issue is.
LCR: Hsu HB-1 MK2, HC-1 MK2..........Subwoofer: Rhythmik D15SE
Receiver: Denon X4200W..................Networking: Roku Premiere+, Chromecast Audio
Blu-Ray: Oppo BDP-80......................TV: Samsung PN60F8500
Atmos/DTS-X: 5.1.4; RSL C34E speakers