Originally Posted by thylacine666
Hey all, newbie here...
Just got my BD-P1500 yesterday here in Australia, and it's awesome...
Now I've heard some issues re: audio dropouts or sync, but that's not my exact problem - mine just (intermittently it seems) refuses to play sound through the centre channel.
I have it connected to a (low end, I know, but they perform really well and I can't afford more) Logitech z5450 speaker system (which can handle DD and DTS, but obviously not the hi-res formats), and the centre speaker works fine in everything else (as well as the speaker test where it plays noise through each speaker in order).
Connected to speakers via optical, but I had the video connected via HDMI straight from the player to my Samsung LCD.
I tried with Batman Begins and it did it, but then I (can't remember which) stopped it and played it again, or ejected and reinserted, and was fine.
Then last night Good Luck Chuck (wife's choice, not mine, even though I told her it'd be terrible), did it EVERY time we tried.
Now the player is set to Bitstream (re encode) which sounded from the manual like the best option. I tried Bitstream (audiophile), but my speakers just said 'Dolby Digital' instead of the usual (and correct) 'DTS' that it usually gives on all HD discs (I have HD DVD too through 360 add-on).
I have Dynamic compression off, and Down conversion or whatever it's called (compress 96khz to 48) off as well, as the speakers can handle 96.
I tried changing the video from HDMI to component (and have left it that way now), but it still happened! However, probably the 6th time I tried Good Luck Chuck... it worked. Centre channel was fine.
HDMI had a weird (maybe expected, I dunno, and interested to know if anyone can clarify) 'side effect' where even when either Bitstream option was used, sound was still output over HDMI at the same time, so had to turn the telly down (no prob at all; Samsung, so can use 1500's remote), but using the sound-through-the-tv is actually is how we ended up having to watch GLC last night, as the speaker setup just wouldn't output the centre... the speaker has the slight hiss like it's 'active' but no sound coming out, so only speech was the sorta muffled version that comes from L and R speakers.
Other discs are fine so far (only had it a day, but watched Cloverfield and National Treasure 2 with no problem, both awesome sound, and about to watch Vantage point now... oh, and tested Ratatouille, that was fine too), so it seems that some discs (or maybe it's not the disc, it's just an overall intermittent thing, but GLC seemed VERY difficult) just intermittently decide not to output centre channel to my speakers.
I heard on some forum that the audio issues seemed restricted to HDMI, hence why I changed back to component to test (I might leave it that way though, as I can use the HDMI for my HD STB, so the wife doesn't have to stuff with speakers, which confuses her, and the free-to-air TV stuff can have its volume through the telly), but obviously if this problem's going to keep popping up we'll both get frustrated with having to stop/start (or eject/reinsert!) a few times to get it to work.
Anyone else had/seen the problems, or have any suggestions? I didn't think either of the 96-48Khz, or Dynamic Compression stuff would be relevant, especially since it's intermittent.
Worth trying coax output? Didn't notice if the 1500 has that actually...
EDIT: I haven't looked into any firmware update, though to my knowledge there's one 'imminent' to provide Profile 2.0 support, right? Can I check the current firmware somehow? I looked in System Info, wasn't sure if that was it...