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Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-27-2014, 09:09 AM
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Posted By BIslander
Most TVs do not pass encoded multichannel audio...

Most TVs do not pass encoded multichannel audio from HDMI inputs. Some TVs will pass DD 5.1, a few will also do DTS. But, unless something has changed with newer models, Panasonics do neither.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 06:34 PM
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Posted By BIslander
What problem are you having?

What problem are you having?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-22-2014, 12:08 AM
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Posted By BIslander
The Sony speakers are likely 3 or 4 ohms and...

The Sony speakers are likely 3 or 4 ohms and shouldn't be used with a receiver engineered for 6 or 8 ohm loads. You can do it, of course, but keep the volume low to avoid overworking the amps. The...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-21-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 151
Posted By BIslander
Yes, better speakers will likely improve the...

Yes, better speakers will likely improve the sound. So will room treatments. But, if your issue is center channel dominance and a lack of surround presence because of the way football games are...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 04:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 508
Posted By BIslander
You can add bit depth. But, as the material was...

You can add bit depth. But, as the material was originally recorded at 16 bits, it won't improve the audio quality. This has already been tried in other processors and I don't recall ever seeing...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-21-2014, 03:35 PM
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Posted By BIslander
A better center won't do anything except give you...

A better center won't do anything except give you better dialog, which doesn't seem to be your issue. Have you tried the suggestion of increasing the volume of your surround speakers?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 508
Posted By BIslander
That means it can process higher resolution...

That means it can process higher resolution source material. CD is 44.1/16.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-21-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 508
Posted By BIslander
hamptons - why do you suppose there would be any...

hamptons - why do you suppose there would be any difference when playing a CD? Sony doesn't make that claim. Sony says its new receivers are HR because they have added capabilities to process high...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-20-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 508
Posted By BIslander
No, for a couple reasons. First, Sony explained...

No, for a couple reasons. First, Sony explained that the ability to process DSD and high sampling rate FLAC files is what makes its receivers "high resolution". Those capabilities are hardly unique...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-20-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By BIslander
The OP mentioned marketing claims about new Sony...

The OP mentioned marketing claims about new Sony receivers. He did not explain what he meant. But, a Google search found the Sony press release which equated high resolution processing in its 2014...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-20-2014, 04:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 508
Posted By BIslander
How does one receiver reproduce high resolution...

How does one receiver reproduce high resolution audio better than another? Sounds like a marketing claim to me. (The Sony press release says its new receivers support SACD and 192/24 FLAC, formats...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-20-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 151
Posted By BIslander
You're dependent on how the audio is mixed at the...

You're dependent on how the audio is mixed at the source. While broadcast in 5.1, games are generally mixed to work well in stereo. The surround channels just have crowd noise, and often not much...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   12-20-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 267,940
Posted By BIslander
Analog input uses the Denon DACs, HDMI uses the...

Analog input uses the Denon DACs, HDMI uses the Yamaha DACs.

As a general rule, digital transmission is preferable because it takes advantage of the processing tools in the pre pro, which are...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   12-19-2014, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 267,940
Posted By BIslander
HDMI is digital. You can't send analog audio over...

HDMI is digital. You can't send analog audio over HDMI.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-15-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 137
Posted By BIslander
Careful. Speakers from many HTIBs should not be...

Careful. Speakers from many HTIBs should not be used with a standalone AVR. The speakers are often 3 or 4 ohms and most receivers are engineered for 6 or 8 ohm loads.
Forum: Surround Music Formats   12-14-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By BIslander
PLII and Neo:6 should both produce sound from all...

PLII and Neo:6 should both produce sound from all five speakers and the sub when playing stereo sources.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-13-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 137
Posted By BIslander
5.1 is going to be better than a soundbar. But,...

5.1 is going to be better than a soundbar. But, a $400 budget isn't going to get much of a system. See if you can arrange a demo somewhere to compare the two approaches with material that makes...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   12-13-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,058
Posted By BIslander
Yes, really. TrueHD does not involve any...

Yes, really.

TrueHD does not involve any downmixing by the player. Downmixing is done in advance before it even gets to the player. TrueHD consists of a lossless 2 channel core and two...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   12-09-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 334
Posted By BIslander
Less on surrounds, more on L/R/C.

Less on surrounds, more on L/R/C.
Forum: Blu-ray Players   11-24-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 1,712
Views: 267,940
Posted By BIslander
What are the player audio output settings?

What are the player audio output settings?
Forum: Surround Music Formats   11-21-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By BIslander
DTS 96/24 5.1 on dvd

Agreed. No transcoding. Never thought there was.

My comment was in relation to your subsequent suggestion that the core of these HFPA discs is actually something you described as "a core with...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   11-19-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By BIslander
Not quite. When bitstreaming, it doesn't matter...

Not quite. When bitstreaming, it doesn't matter what the playback device supports. The player simply sends the encoded file to the receiver for decoding and processing.

And, when decoding in the...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   11-19-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By BIslander
I find that notion just as difficult to imagine...

I find that notion just as difficult to imagine as transcoding dts-MA to DTS 96/24. Why would they go to such lengths for a dead codec?
Forum: Surround Music Formats   11-19-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By BIslander
I guess I am not being clear. DTS 96/24 is its...

I guess I am not being clear. DTS 96/24 is its own codec, using a core + extension structure to produce the added sampling rate and bit depth for 5.1 sound tracks. DTS 96/24 is not a standard DTS...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   11-19-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By BIslander
OK. This is a situation where semantics...

OK.

This is a situation where semantics matter. DTS 96/24 is an actual codec that requires a matching decoder to fully process. So, I gather you are saying your receiver reports DTS Surround and...
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