Originally Posted by Fraoch
Hmm, so on the analog channels the signal is sent digitally as a 2-channel PCM stream? Then yes, it would display only L/R on the display.
Try CSII mono. On a 2-channel PCM signal it should put a fairly loud copy on the surrounds and rears. That will indicate whether the CSII decoder is working properly. With PLIIx
, I notice that the following have noticeable surround information:
- The Simpsons
is encoded in Dolby Surround but actually has very little surround info - however you do get surround activity from time to time
I'll be in the same situation as you in a few months. I'll be going back to satellite. When I had it before, there were some channels in Dolby Digital 2.0, some movies in Dolby Digital 5.1, but the rest was in 2-channel digital PCM. I only used the optical digital output though - I connected the analog L/R cables directly to the TV so I could watch TV for light viewing without having to turn on the receiver.
In input setup, page 18, do you have TV set for "D-AT" (auto digital/analog detect), "Dig" (digital only) or "ANA" (analog only)?
You don't have the receiver set to AUTO SURROUND? This seems to like choosing stereo for sources other than DVDs. Pretty useless IMHO.
You indicate you've already played around with the "A/D" button on the remote.
Yeah, I did play with the A/D button on the remote. Hey, check out the matrix on page 26. There's also a note on the bottom left hand side of the page that says: Dolby Digital (2 ch: Lt/Rt): signal with (when) Dolby Surround flag speakers are set.
> No sound outputs from the surround speaker, center speaker, and subwoofer if the DVD disc has no surround data.
Hmm, that probably explains why I didn't hear any sound at all through the surrounds on some analog cable channels, although I do hear sound from the center channel speaker.
Update: I turned to TBS and the Braves were playing the Phillies. I was able to hear sound through all surround speakers in PLIIx and CSII. I guess it was a matter of finding an analog channel with some info present in the surround channels.
In this respect, the manual is accurate. Logic 7 cinema/music is more aggressive; no matter what analog channel I was watching, I could always hear something in the surrounds (even if it was subtle, in case anyone is thinking maybe Logic 7 was a little too aggressive).
So initially, I'd have to say that Logic-7's channel steering is little a better than PLIIx and CSII (at least on this receiver). As a final note; I did some speaker level adjustments in each PLIIx and CSII mode also. So far, I'm impressed with this receiver's clarity though. Center channel dialog is clearer than the HK's in my opinion, however, in my initial impression, I think the receivers sound very similar overall.
I'll keep everyone posted as I listen to more music, movies, etc. I'm running a set of Polk Audio 250 watt towers (older RT-12/16s?), Polk center channel, Atlantic Tech dipoles on the sides, Polk audio sats in the rear. 65-inch Sony widescreen rear-projection HD-monitor calibrated with DVE disk.