I tried out 5 games last night on my PS3 and all of them had issues.
- Madden 09 - Worked fine for a while and after I paused the game and started again it sounded like the game was in a cave.
- MLB 08: The Show - This game worked fine as it appears a constant signal was being sent to the receiver. That is until I exited the game and when I returned to the main menu I was now back to only 2 channel audio in Logic 7(Madden did this as well).
- Top Spin 3- Again, 2 channels of sound until I flipped through different audio modes and I ended up with 7 channel PCM which had an echo/reverb sound that just did not sound right.
- Lego Indiana Jones - Started up with only 2 channels of audio. I had to switch through audio modes to get surround sound. At one point audio was not coming through the center even though the receiver stated Dolby Pro Logic IIx.
- Lego Star Wars started up with only 2 channels of audio.
After 5 games I gave up and just decided that if I want this to work right I'll have to use optical out for now on games. Dear H/K, did you even do any testing with the PS3? This is a MAJOR oversight.Blu-Ray PCM
The sub output with PCM is too high. The biggest problem with this is that the difference between a low frequency PCM signal and a low frequency DD signal is quite significant. I tend to like bass on the heavy side. So if I calibrate sub settings on my AVR for DD tracks, then what happens is when I have a PCM signal with those settings then I end up with the bass majorly overpowering the rest of the audio (not to mention my subs peaking out). And at this point I don't a work around. I could setup two different sources, one for DD tracks with LFE at 0, and one for PCM with the LFE trim at -10, however the LFE trim at max doesn't bring the volume down enough. This means I'll be tweaking all the time which is not convenient by any means.My suggestions
Anyone on the fence who already has a nice receiver should wait until these issues are resolved. The PCM low frequency issue is a big deal for me and since I'll have to use optical for games I'm wondering if I should just throw in the towel and stick with my H/K AVR-630. My AVR-630 seems to do just as good as my 354 outside of some features and the inability to decode blu-ray HD audio.
I plan on calling H/K this afternoon. I'm going to test it out some more for a week (just had it over a week) and if I don't feel it's a significant upgrade over my AVR-630 then back it goes to Harman Audio. Considering the fact that the big selling point of this receiver is lossless audio, and considering that the biggest blu-ray player out there is a PS3, the amount of issues these receivers are having with BASIC stuff is quite shameful!