Originally Posted by ppshooky
I think the problems that I'm having, is that the DVDs, unlike the Blu-Rays, are not in PCM. So, my Blu-Ray player is sending it to the receiver as bitstream. Blu-Rays generally work fine for me.
On the PS3, I'm forcing PCM, so that is probably why I don't get the same problems on the PS3 that I do on the Blu-Ray player.
Ok, did some testing with BD (Wall-E with DTS HD-MA soundtrack) and DVD (Superbad with DD5.1 soundtrack). Played both using Bitstream and Linear PCM, and the results were:
- Bitstream = <1 s audio cut-off and a "pop" from speaker when skipping chapters on BD and DVD
- Linear PCM = no audio cut-off but still a "pop" when skipping chapters on BD and DVD
So your theory about bitstreaming being the culprit here seems to be right.
Probably PS3 uses bitstreaming when playing local audio/video files from XMB. If one could change that to Linear PCM then there wouldn't be any problems (except for that weird "pop" sound).
PS. In case someone is wondering how my devices are set up...
PS3 NR1501 Sony 52W5500
X360 Sony 52W5500
The speaker set is Orb Audio's Mod1 Plus
I've also tried X360 with HDMI only but because I like PS3 and X360 having a bit different image settings on my TV so that's why I connected X360 video output directly to TV. :P
Update! After a little bit of investigating I was able to pinpoint the source of the "pop" sound; it comes from main left speaker. But it's not the speaker that is at fault. I changed the cabling to Audio Pro Focus SA-5
speaker and the result was the same. If I completely unplug the left main speaker then there is no popping sound at all. Weird stuff. Any idea what could be causing this?
Update 2! I changed the speaker cable but nothing changed. Next I will check the firmware version (and do a factory reset) on NR1501. Stay tuned!
Update 3! 090921-1 was the firmware number. But the only effect that the factory reset had was that now the "pop" sound comes from all five speakers. GRRRREAT!
Update 4! Reconnected all the speaker cables just in case if some of them was for example touching the body of the receiver. Zero effect. Maybe I'll crack a brew and give up from this day.
Update 5! Pop, pop, pop, pop... It's making me crazy. It's no longer isolated to PS3 but it happens with ALL inputs. For example if I change to DSS input (whatever that is) and press T. Tone button on the remote -> pop. I'll press it again to stop the test tone -> pop. So whenever audio signal is starting and stopping there's a "pop" sound in all five speakers. It's not very loud but clearly audible and VERY annoying.
Update 6! Just for clarification: those pops occur ONLY when audio signal starts/stops, not during the actual playback (be it CD/DVD/BD/mp3/whatever). Maybe DAC is acting weird?