Originally Posted by heislord5
My best effort with PlayStation 3. Let me preface by saying that I am not a sound enthusiast or video enthusiast. So its hard for me to judge how good of a job I have done.
On video I turned off most/all of the special optimizations like fullscreen stuff and bright white in the PS3 menus. I said my TV could handle all outputs (including 1080P). I set Blue Ray DVDs to play at 24 fps. All these configurations were made in the PS3.
In the SR706 I set HDMI (which I used to connect everything) to passthrough.
For sound I ran into a few problems. If I set PS3 to send bitrate through, PS3 did not recognize the two HD sound formats my BDs were using. I don't remember the names, something like DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD . The both got to the receiver as just Dolby and DTS, which limited them to 5.1. I have 7.1 setup. So I read here that you should set the PS3 to send PCM output which becomes multichannel on the other end. This worked fine for the DTS HD Master Audio which seemed to come through as 7.1 on my Bolt BD. BUT on IronMan the Dolby TrueHD whatever came through at 5.1, no sound from the back surrounds.
At this point there was no reasonable way for me to adjust it because PS3 is sending generic multichanel (PCM) so the receiver can't differentiate the signals. Now it may be that the movie was done in 5.1, I don't know, but that doesn't help me any. If I sent the signal through as bitrate from PS3 I would still have the option of using one of the 5.1 to 7.1 upconverter settings to get my full 7.1 surround sound. Technically even receiving generic multichannel I could still do that if I set received multichannel to one of the upconverter formats like PLIIx... BUT that means that ALL of my input (from PS3) would have to go through that single listening option because PS3 would be converting everything to generic. This I assumed was not desireable.
So I set PS3 back to bitrate. I set Dolby input to be converted to Dolby EX (7.1). That worked fine, even though the real input should have been the HD Dolby in the first place. The DTS HD Master Audio came through as simply DTS, but when I set sr706 to use Neo 6, something weird happened. It recognized the DTS not as DTS HD Master Audio and not as Neo 6, but as DTS ES Matrix, lol. I don't know why or how, but anyway it comes through as 7.1 and not as Neo 6.
I set pretty much everything else to some kind of upconverter format to 7.1: PLIIx or PLIIx THX..., or Dolby EX or Neo 6 or one of the THX 7.1 formats. Anyway, now I think I get 7.1 for almost anything.
When I'm listening to a DTS HD Master Audio format, I may go back into the playstation and change it from bitrate to PCM, so that it is converted directly as it was intended from DTS HD Master Audio to the full 7.1 channels. Other than that I should be able to lead everything at bitrate and get 7.1. Also I can leave that one at bitrate and I still get 7.1, I just don't know whether or not it sounds as good. I really can't tell the difference.
Anyone have any better ideas for utilizing 7.1? I saw no way to do it with PS3 set to PCM other than to convert all multichannel input to the same 7.1 format.