Originally Posted by farslayer
I just can't seem to get this to work right. First, a bit of history. I bought this blu-ray player several months ago and had it hooked to a non-HD Onkyo receiver. I ran my HDMI cable from the blu-ray straight to my HDTV, then ran a fiber cable from the blu-ray to the receiver. I was getting Dolby Digital, DTS, the works.
So, Circuit City is going out of business so I invest in a new HD receiver, the 806. I connect my 360, my RCA satellite, everything to my new receiver using HDMI cables. The problem? My blu-ray doesn't seem to be sending DTS to the receiver, or the receiver isn't listening for them; all I get is PCM, with the display reading MultiCh. Dolby Digital comes through just fine after I configured the digital audio sources on the receiver, but the blu-ray is my only device capable of DTS and I'm not getting it.
Any ideas as to why this configuration doesn't seem to be working for me??
It sounds like your player is configured to internally decode and output LPCM via HDMI. Because the audio is already decoded, the receiver is not required to do any further decoding and therefore does not indicate "DTS' or whatever. The player, on the other hand, may indicate (perhaps through an on-screen display if not on the front panel) that is is decoding.
In-player decoding is preferable because Blu-ray supports secondary audio (for features like PIP commentaries) which only work with in-player decoding. Letting the player decode and send multichannel LPCM will provide the maximum audio benefits of Blu-ray. The receiver will indicate Multichannel LPCM because that's what it's getting from the player.
There should be a setting in the player that will let you bitstream audio to the receiver, so it can be decoded there. This will give you your little indicator lights on the receiver, but you will lose your secondary audio capability and gain nothing in terms of audio quality.