I kept reading post after post and found this
not the same problem but I figure I would try it, and it worked! I have no idea why it worked but I did double check the player, it is sending bitstream, and I am getting audio now. So I assume all is well.
If anyone knows why the this
sorted! Was Option 3 -> Audio Setup Then Dolby Digital Ex Needed Setting To Manual Not Auto As It Re-configures To 6.1 Configuration!
worked, I would like to know.
If this is the correct solution, I hope I save one person the entire day of frustration I went through.