This is a very simple setup and I don't want to buy extra audio equipment as this is a rental condo my equipment is in. I'd just like to hear my bd dvd movies as 2-channel and hear the dialog properly. My equipment is this: Toshiba bdk21 bd/dvd player hooked up over HDMI to my HDTV which is a Visio 42" E422VLE and I"m using the TV's built-in speakers.
My problem is the center channel is horrible - almost non-existent unless I really crank up the sound volume on the TV. I expect the issue is directly related to playing a 5.1 sound track to a 2 channel audio system and it's dropping the center channel and/or not merging it properly?
Trouble is, I can't find any configuration on the bd player or the tv which will bring the center channel to proper levels. I've gone into the setup on the dvd player and I cannot choose "2.1" output and all the BD disk movies I've seen won't even let my choose a 2.1 soundtrack which I assume would fix my problem if they simply had a stereo sound track. Any ideas for settings to try on the player and/or the tv?
there is no way to make the adjustments you want to 5.1 output played on a stereo 2.0 system. Set the output to stereo.
If you want to attempt to create a "phantom center" you will need an a/v receiver in your setup. But since you do not want to add equipment at this time, just go with stereo output
For clarification, you mean set the output of the BD/DVD player to stereo? So, is this what I should set:
Digital Output: PCM Stereo (other choices are Bitstream HD, Bitstream legace, PCM 5.1, PCM 7.1
Stereo Downmix: from the manual:
• Auto — Downmixes the multi-channel audio into
the specific stereo that the connected equipment
• Stereo (LoRo) — Downmixes the multi-channel audio
into two channel stereo. Choose when the Blu-ray
Disc™ player is connected to the equipment that does
not support virtual surround function such as Dolby
Should I try Auto first and then Stereo if Auto doesn't work?
Thanks for the response!
I'd use Stereo (LoRo). Auto should work as well since you are connecting to a TV, which is a stereo device. But, Auto allows for surround encoding when attached to a device that supports it. LoRo will remove that variable and should force a standard stereo output. If your set has an analog stereo input, you could try it as a test. Also, turn off any special sound modes on the TV.
I agree with the already stated comments. But you may also want to check the Audio settings for your TV for the appropriate HDMI connection for the Blu-Ray Player. If TV has an EQ try changing some of the midrange frequencies. If TV has an Auto Volume or Clear Voice try different settings of those to get the sound you like.
I swear when I looked at the DVD player settings there was no stereo option - this was the first place I looked. Perhaps that menu option isn't there if I've already started playing a BD disk. Thanks a bunch for the responses. I'll be at my condo again in a couple of weeks and will update this thread. Such a dumb issue - lol!