Originally Posted by 65fastback2 2
i was mainly confused because the receiver just shows the left right speakers lit up and says PCM on it...though it sounds like surround coming out of the speakers...it was just messing with my head
i forget, but do you have a link or info on the difference between ps3 hdmi audio and ps3 fiber optic audio?
i also have a Yamaha receiver which i love.
the XMB and when playing music it should show PCM and should show that only the main (L+R) speakers have a signal going in. if you have an effect selected on the receiver then you may be getting surround sound, fake surround sound but still surround sound.
every game i have have played so far had a 5.1 channel soundtrack so it should show 5.1 on the receiver.
if you select "straight" on the receiver it will play everything exactly like it's being sent. 2 channel will be 2 channel, and 5.1 will be 5.1. i almost always have my receiver set to "straight", unless i am listening to 2 channel music and feel like letting the receiver simulate 5.1.
i don't have a link about comparing hdmi to optical. but:
optical will do 2 channel pcm and 5.1 DD or DTS only.
hdmi will do 2 channel pcm, 5.1 DD, DTS, and all the new hi def formats like true hd.