Got a question that I can't figure out:
I recently bought the 1700 after upgrading from an older Yamaha RX-V1300. I have a 2011 Mac Mini connected via HDMI and 2 Polk floor speakers, a Polk centre speaker, and no rear speakers (small apartment).
When I play music from iTunes for example, it plays in stereo 2-channel with nothing coming out of the centre speaker. With my old receiver, I had EQ presets that would change the sound to make it more warm, etc, but it would also create a 'virtual' surround where my music would play through my fronts and
the centre. I know it's not true stereo, and I don't always play my music that way, but I liked it sometimes.
On this receiver, all the surround mode presets are greyed out except 'Auto-Select' and 'Stereo'. When I choose Stereo manually, it's only 2 channel. As far as I can tell, there's no way to change this. Not a dealbreaker, except that when I play movies or TV on Netflix in my browser, it will only play 2 channel as well, even the HD stuff. Without the centre channel being used for dialogue, it's way too quiet to enjoy any movie. What puzzles me is that if I play a movie in VLC player or in Plex Media Centre, it will
correctly use the centre channel. Any streaming video (youtube, vimeo, etc) within the browser on my Mac though, 2 channel sound through the front L/R speakers only.
Is there no way I can force it to use all 3 speakers in some kind of virtual surround? I can't change anything in the OSD settings, and I've looked everywhere in my mac's settings to try and see if it's something on that end but no luck. Any help would be appreciated