I just upgraded from an old Onkyo and so far I'm really liking this receiver
. However, I am really confused with all of the sound field options and I'm hoping someone can break it down for me.
Here's a link to the manual: http://content.abt.com/documents/47437/STRDH740_manual.pdf
. The sound fields are detailed on page 45.
I'll outline my questions in number format for readability:
1. Which sound field should I use for my Xbox 360 and PS3? I'm pretty sure the 360 does 5.1 and some PS3 games support 7.1 (including bluray movies?), so which sound field is best if I just want the sound the way it was recorded with no additional "effects" laid on top? Would that be A.F.D. Auto? Will A.F.D. Auto also spread the 5.1 channel out to the other rear speakers in my 7.1 setup, or would I have to choose a different sound field for that?
2. What about when I play games on my Wii that support Dolby Pro Logic II? When I play Wii games with A.F.D. Auto, sound only comes out of the front speakers. Sound comes out of all speakers when I choose either PLII Movie, PLIIx Movie, PLII Music, PLIIx Music, or HD-D.C.S, but I have no idea which one of these is the "best". And I thought it was strange that there wasn't a PLII Game like my old Onkyo receiver had...
3. So, I guess my questions boil down to this. Since I have a 7.1 speaker setup, which option do I choose when I want to take play a game with Dolby Pro Logic II, what about a game with 5.1 discrete channels? What about 7.1? What about when I'm watching a blu-ray movie on my PS3?
I'm just hoping someone can break this down for me in a relatively easy-to-understand way. The manual didn't really help me understand which sound field to choose when...
For reference, here are all of the available sound fields I have to choose from:
Auto Format Direct (A.F.D.)/2channel sound mode
A.F.D. Auto (Presets the sound as it was recorded/encoded without adding any surround effects)
Multi Stereo (Outputs 2 channel left/right signals from all speakers)
2ch Stereo (Outputs sound from front left/right speakers only, no sound from subwoofer)
HD-D.C.S. (Sony's new innovative home theater technology)
Neo:6 Cinema (Neo:6 CIN)
One more note: According to the manual, HD-D.C.S. provides "not only the high quality of sound, but also the best sound ambience, just as the movie's sound engineer intended in the mastering process." So does this mean that HD-D.C.S. is the best option to choose when watching movies? But not for playing games? I was under the impression that this mode applied additional "processing" to the sound such as making it sound like you're in a theater or a studio or something like that, things which I don't necessarily want..