Originally Posted by BIslander
So, configure the AVR for three channels and tell it which DSP to use when the source is stereo. That's all there is to it.
Wow! Thanks BIslander. This equip is more sophisticated than I imagined - which is good, because there are many settings, and the documentation assumes I know more than I do.
So the "Neo: 6" settings are like ProLogic II - that is, they don't depend on the source being pre-encoded to work?
Now that I've got the AVR set for Dolby, my final hurdle is getting the DVD player configured. It's a Sony DVP-SR500H. I use it to play both audio CDs and DVD movies, and there are 5 settings:
Setting #1 is for DOWNMIX - there are 2 options: DOLBY SURROUND and NORMAL. The instructions say "Normally select DOLBY SURROUND" - and a footnote says: "This function affects the output from the ... DIGITAL OUT (COAXIAL)/HDMI OUT jack only when DOLBY DIGITAL is set to D-PCM." (see Setting #3, below)
Setting #2 is DIGITAL OUT, with options of OFF or ON. I believe ON is the correct choice for my HDMI connection.
Setting #3 is DOLBY DIGITAL, and options are DOLBY DIGITAL and D-PCM. The instructions say: "Set to D-PCM when the player is connected to an audio component without a built-in Dolby Digital decoder" - so for my Dolby-savvy AVR and DVD movies I'm pretty sure I want DOLBY DIGITAL, but will that also be good for audio CDs? And if I do select DOLBY DIGITAL here, then it doesn't matter how I set Setting #1, right?
Setting #4 is for DTS - which can either be OFF or ON. My AVR supports DTS, so I guess I want this On? Am I correct to assume that if I enable the AVR to decode *both* Dolby and DTS - then the correct decoder will automatically be selected, depending on which one was used to encode the source?
Setting #5 is for 48kHz/96kHz PCM, and options are either 48kHz/16 bit or 96kHz/24 bit ... Not sure why anyone would select the lower spec - any suggestions?
Thanks in advance to anyone who will take the time to help me wade through these unfamiliar waters.