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Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   07-02-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 76
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: 101
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: 107
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: 213
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: 213
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: 109
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: 213
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: 213
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: 192
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: 137
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: 290
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,...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   05-31-2015, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 134
Posted By BIslander
S/PDIF supports stereo PCM. That's 2.0, not 2.1....

S/PDIF supports stereo PCM. That's 2.0, not 2.1. The audio system can use bass management to extract lower frequencies from the L/R channels to produce a sub output. But, it is not the same as...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   05-29-2015, 02:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 290
Posted By BIslander
Surround speakers belong on the sides, not...

Surround speakers belong on the sides, not behind. We installed in wall surround speakers in an open family room setup with a vaulted ceiling. They work just fine.
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   05-29-2015, 02:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 134
Posted By BIslander
ARC is limited to the same S/PDIF protocol as...

ARC is limited to the same S/PDIF protocol as optical. It will not give you lossless audio codecs.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   05-23-2015, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 153
Posted By BIslander
All TVs will output DD 5.1 from sources they...

All TVs will output DD 5.1 from sources they acquire themselves - from Smart TV apps and off air antennas, for example. However, most will not passthrough encoded multichannel sound from HDMI inputs.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   05-19-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 153
Posted By BIslander
Video games don't have high res multichannel...

Video games don't have high res multichannel sound tracks. So, using the TV to route audio may be OK.

But, when it comes to Blu-ray disc playback, you will never get the same quality as a...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   05-19-2015, 02:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 153
Posted By BIslander
Is there a reason you don't want to connect your...

Is there a reason you don't want to connect your PS4 directly to your receiver instead of routing the audio through the TV?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   05-19-2015, 05:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 153
Posted By BIslander
Most TVs will only output stereo from external...

Most TVs will only output stereo from external HDMI inputs. The best some will do is DD 5.1, which is lower resolution than the TrueHD or dts-MA tracks on Blu-rays. So, as jdsmoothie posted, you...
Forum: Blu-ray Players   05-11-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 1,723
Views: 273,652
Posted By BIslander
Blu-rays almost always have a high resolution...

Blu-rays almost always have a high resolution track, usually DTS-HD Master Audio, sometimes TrueHD, and very occasionally PCM. The player will decode that track, not a lesser version, although some...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   05-06-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 32,504
Posted By BIslander
If memory serves, the different Top Gun encodes...

If memory serves, the different Top Gun encodes come from different masters. So, it's not a meaningful comparison.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   05-06-2015, 01:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 80
Posted By BIslander
Most TVs do not pass encoded multichannel audio...

Most TVs do not pass encoded multichannel audio from HDMI inputs. Those sources are usually limited to stereo. So, it is better to connect the audio directly to the receiver. Switching sources can...
Forum: Surround Music Formats   05-03-2015, 08:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 593
Posted By BIslander
The TV tells the Chromecast that it is only a 2...

The TV tells the Chromecast that it is only a 2 channel device. That happens during the HDMI negotiation. So, Netflix only sends stereo.

The AVR tells Chromecast that it supports DD+. So, the...
Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   05-03-2015, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 222
Posted By BIslander
People interested in cable requirements should...

People interested in cable requirements should visit hdmi.org, where they spelled out in detail. "1.4 compatible" is marketing language, as there's nothing about the cable needed for 1.4 features.
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Forum: Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat   05-03-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 222
Posted By BIslander
ARC does not require a different HDMI cable. Any...

ARC does not require a different HDMI cable. Any cable will work. HDMI version numbers refer to the equipment at both ends of the cable, not the cables themselves.
Forum: Surround Music Formats   05-03-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 593
Posted By BIslander
Yes, really. The S/PDIF protocol used with...

Yes, really. The S/PDIF protocol used with optical and coax limits PCM to stereo. The only supported multichannel formats are DD 5.1 and DTS Surround. (You must have set your TV output to DD in...
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