2. I've been watching two-channel video sources via my PS3, TV shows and the like, and with the Pro Logic II Movie setting it's pushing ALL of the audio through my center channel. The Onkyo did things logically, tried to put dialog in the middle, kept stereo in the sides, etc. But now it's basically turning 2-ch into mono. If I swap to my cable box, the Pro Logic II Movie setting actually works fine, using all of the speakers as it's supposed to. Why do you suppose the PS3 wouldn't be cooperating? Both it and the cable box are hooked via HDMI. Maybe the BD slot on the back of the Receiver, which I'm using for the PS3, has some kind of funky setting where it assumes inputs are multichannel or something?
To follow up on this problem, it seems like maybe a TINY bit of sound is getting to the front-side speakers when I'm running Pro Logic II Movie, but the mode itself isn't necessarily to blame.
First off, it wasn't the BD HDMI that was to blame, it performs this way on all inputs. Secondly, it works fine if I put in a 2-channel DVD, this is only for content played either on the hard drive or via the network. Finally, music from the hard drive or network is fine, this is only for 2-channel video.
Whether I switch off every single audio output except for the required 2-channel ones on the PS3 or not, this problem persists. If I switch to stereo output on the receiver, or go from Pro Logic Movie to Pro Logic Music, both front sides are indeed used, but it's almost exclusively mono sound being sent to each of them. I have a video that begins with distinct audio being rapidly played in the left and right channels, before ending up in the middle, and this particular scene is actually barely audible, regardless of the listening mode on the PS3 or the receiver. The notes are almost totally muted, then when the signal is back to the center, it sounds fine.
So it seems like left and right channel data is just... not being sent correctly. I was very surprised to find out that even in stereo mode I still had this issue. If a 2-channel video source on the hard drive or network tries to play audio in one of those channels specifically, it will be nearly muted. I'd be worried there's something mechanically wrong with the receiver... except that everything works fine on every device and input except for this specific case.
I'm talking about this moreso in this thread than in a PS3 one because this all worked fine on my Onkyo (and even the old pioneer I had before that). I can only imagine there's something weird about how the 1020 is receiving a stereo signal here.