Receiver Not Switching Listening Modes Automatically
Hello everyone! Long time lurker, first time poster. I am hoping some of you guys and gals can assist me with a minor annoyance I am having with my home theater setup.
I have an Onkyo TX-SR608 receiver connected to the Nvidia GTX680 GPU on my computer via HDMI. I am able to get amazing surround sound when I play games like Battlefield 4 and others with multichannel PCM lit up on the front of my receiver. However, my problem comes when I am playing a 2 channel source, specifically music through iTunes. I only receive sound through the front left and right speakers and subwoofers. I would prefer sound coming from all the speakers when I listen to my music. I am aware that my receiver has a listening mode called "all channel stereo" which does exactly what I want and plays music through all of my speakers. I have to manually select the all channel stereo listening mode when I want to listen to music and then manually switch back to multichannel listenining mode when I want to play games to get surround sound.
There is an option in my receiver's settings to adjust each input's listening modes when certain source material is played. I have set the PC input to all channel stereo for 2 channel sources. However, when I exit from the menu and attempt to play music, I still only receive sound through my front left, right and subs. It does not automatically switch to the preferred listening mode. In fact, even if I assign all the different sources to play in all channel stereo on the PC input, this setting does not take effect and I only get sound from my other speakers when I play surround sound content.
Am I missing something? I would like it to automatically do all channel stereo when I play music and multichannel PCM for everything else. As it stands, I have to manually change the listening mode each and every time.
A similar thing happens when I watch TV. I have my U-Verse receiver plugged into my Xbox One which is then connected to my receiver, all via HDMI. When I watch a watch something with surround sound content, such as a movie on HBO, I receive surround sound just fine. However, when I am watching anything else, I only get sound through my front left, right and subs. I would like two channel content to be played either through all channel stereo or Dolby Pro Logic IIx automatically but am unable to do this.
I am left with the rather inelegant solution of having to manually switch listening modes back and forth every time I listen to two channel content.
Thanks in advance for the help!