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Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-10-2015, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 124
Posted By BIslander
A couple of thoughts. First, surrounds...

A couple of thoughts.

First, surrounds belong on the sides, not in back, although there's no great harm in locating them behind you.

Second, you may actually get a door sound over your...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-09-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 124
Posted By BIslander
PLII intelligently re-routes some content from...

PLII intelligently re-routes some content from the stereo signal to produce a center channel and surrounds. Identical content in L/R is used for the center. Phase differences produce the...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   08-07-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,528
Posted By BIslander
Dialnorm is not directly related to reference. ...

Dialnorm is not directly related to reference. If you use Dolby for calibration, most DTS and PCM sources will be a little hot at reference. Conversely, if you calibrate with a PCM or DTS source,...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   07-21-2015, 05:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 84
Posted By BIslander
Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround are data...

Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround are data compression codecs that studios use to save space on discs. If a movie was encoded using one of them, then you will use the corresponding decoder to...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   07-11-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 151
Posted By BIslander
+1 If the receiver works and has a digital...

+1
If the receiver works and has a digital audio input, all you need is two speakers to go along with the sub. Run audio from the TV to the receiver. You can get an inexpensive Harmony remote that...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-11-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 199
Posted By BIslander
In your set up, I'd recommend using HDMI. ...

In your set up, I'd recommend using HDMI. There's likely to be very little difference, especially with a source like Sky HD, which will rarely have much in the way of LFE. Plus, it depends on...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   07-10-2015, 11:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 300
Posted By BIslander
The S/PDIF protocol used with optical and coax...

The S/PDIF protocol used with optical and coax connections is limited to DD 5.1 and just two channels of PCM. That's why you got stereo when you set the TV output to PCM and why you do not get DD+...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   07-08-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By BIslander
No on the picture. If you are talking about that...

No on the picture. If you are talking about that amount for a system of AVR, speakers, and a sub, then you're unlikely to get an improvement.

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Forum: Home Theater In A Box   07-07-2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By BIslander
You certainly can improve sound by investing in...

You certainly can improve sound by investing in better equipment, especially speakers. But, if you are happy with your current set up, there's no need to upgrade. If you have friends with better...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   07-07-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 680
Posted By BIslander
Yes. The Blu-ray spec requires backwards audio...

Yes. The Blu-ray spec requires backwards audio compatibility. And the industry has shown a commitment for supporting older codecs. Personally, I wouldn't worry about being unable to get good old...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-07-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 199
Posted By BIslander
What kind of sound system do you have and what...

What kind of sound system do you have and what source devices are you using?

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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   07-07-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 160
Posted By BIslander
When using coax for audio, set the player output...

When using coax for audio, set the player output to bitstream, not PCM. Coax only supports two channels of PCM. While coax is limited to lossy versions of lossless sources, you get those tracks at...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   07-07-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 136
Posted By BIslander
Is something lacking with your current equipment?...

Is something lacking with your current equipment?

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Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   07-07-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 680
Posted By BIslander
It is hard to imagine a time when movies will not...

It is hard to imagine a time when movies will not have standard sounds tracks. Even now, a decade after lossless tracks were introduced, discs still support lossy and stereo playback.

Sent from...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   07-02-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 92
Posted By BIslander
Yes, you will be limited to DD 5.1 or DTS over...

Yes, you will be limited to DD 5.1 or DTS over coax. But, the lossy tracks on Blu-ray are output at higher bitrates than DVD and they rival lossless in quality. So, it's doubtful you'll even...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   06-19-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 114
Posted By BIslander
Sounds like a defective unit, as you have already...

Sounds like a defective unit, as you have already concluded. One note: ARC only comes into play when feeding audio from the TV set to the AVR. It has nothing to do with getting audio from devices...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   06-17-2015, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By BIslander
Yes, the sound will be as good as an HDMI...

Yes, the sound will be as good as an HDMI connector and it will be better than using optical with sources such as Blu-ray with high resolution audio. The player will handle the decoding and stereo...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   06-15-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 270
Posted By BIslander
You can probably test this yourself. Most disc...

You can probably test this yourself. Most disc players offer a choice when downmixing 5.1 - either Surround Encoded or Stereo. Surround Encoded=Dolby Surround. Try the output both ways with PLII...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   06-14-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 270
Posted By BIslander
7 channel stereo simply duplicates L/R to both...

7 channel stereo simply duplicates L/R to both pairs of surrounds. That means voices that should image in front are equally strong all around the listener. Not my preference.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   06-13-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 159
Posted By BIslander
It is generally best to attach all devices to the...

It is generally best to attach all devices to the receiver, which will process the audio and send video to the display. But, your receiver only has two HDMI inputs, far fewer than you need. ...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   06-13-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 270
Posted By BIslander
When setting up most receivers, the user tells...

When setting up most receivers, the user tells the AVR what to do with each type of input. With a stereo PCM, for example, you can have the receiver simply output stereo or you can assign a...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   06-13-2015, 11:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 270
Posted By BIslander
Dolby Surround encodes a center and mono surround...

Dolby Surround encodes a center and mono surround into a stereo mix, which a ProLogic decoder can extract to produce discrete channels on playback. PLII can also intelligently use elements of a...
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   06-13-2015, 10:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By BIslander
Yes. Connect your satellite box and PS4 to the...

Yes. Connect your satellite box and PS4 to the sound system using HDMI. The PS4 is the only device that will provide any native 7.1 content, and there's not much of that. Most movies are mastered...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   06-10-2015, 04:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 161
Posted By BIslander
Any cable can be used for ARC. HDMI versions...

Any cable can be used for ARC. HDMI versions refer to the equipment at both ends, not to the cable that connects them. But, it is a good idea to use a high speed cable, which is recommended for...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   05-31-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 301
Posted By BIslander
Our left surround speaker is right above a door, ...

Our left surround speaker is right above a door, too. It's a bipolar in-wall speaker located right above the joint at the start of a cathedral ceiling. Like I said, it sounds fine.

However,...
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