I picked up a floor model of the Sony HT-SS370 HTIB system. I have read the cover to cover twice, plus slowly re-read several sections.
And thanks to the suggestions, tips, settings and external links in this thread: I didn't have a problem testing it out with a PS3 and getting 5.1 Linear PCM sound to come out. I did this test with the PS3 BeCaUsE --> i can't get it to sink up with my two other Sony Blu-ray players (lol they were also floor models
) a Sony BDP-s560 and a Sony BDP-s370 that I just picked up for $30bucks.
Both of the Blu-ray players have screen printing on them for supporting Dolby & DTS (HD audio). I have gone round and round with the settings in the audio sections of their menus but I (for the most part) can't get more than 2.0 from the HT-SS370.
I am using the same two HDMI cables. One from either the blu-ray players (as I am simply testing one at a time) or the PS3 to the HT-SS370; and then one from there to my LG TV. So i basically test and then unplug each BR device each time as I try testing.
My limited success was when I stick in any of the Lord of the Rings (theatrical BRs) the HT-SS370 actually displays 6.1 on the VFD panel during playback of the actual movie. [That matches what the BR case for the movie says it should have: 6.1. I was suprized it said 6.1 instead of 5.1 (as the system only has 5.1 speakers but at least in the A.F.D. STD mode it was outputing surround as well as the fronts and center) it appears to report what the BR players are sending it. But why are they working for the LOTR discs and not other BR discs? - It's not the discs either as they work in the PS3.
The rest of the time (with either/or BDP-s560 or BDP-s370) when I hit display on the HT-SS370 it shows it's receiving 2.0.
I've tried several rented Blu-rays (examples Paul, Your Highness) the PS3 output to the HT-SS370 5.1 sound, but from the two BR stand alones I couldn't get anything but 2.0.
Unfortunately, this thread and unit are older but hopefully someone may have one of those players or a cousing to them like the s360, s470 or s570 (players I don't have) but that should have similar settings
... and be able to tell me what settings I need to change. In most cases if it had an AUTO on the BR-stand alones I selected it. But I've gone through and tried switching each one to the other settings but still no luck.
When the disks (DVD or BR) play I go into the setup when available and select 5.1 english. But many only have that as the only option?
I almost forgot, when I push the DISPLAY button on the BR players themselves, they indicate it should be or that IT IS outputing something other than 2 channels. The s560 is older, it indicates ....3/2.1 when it's other than 2 channels and 2.0 when it's simply playing previews or menus not in 5.1 format. The s370 displays it more clearly 5.1 or 6.1 as apposed to 2.0 when it's 2 channels.
Given that both BR players are Sony, and the HTIB is Sony. That I'm using the same cable on the PS3 to the HTIB that I'm using with both the BRplayers s560 & s370 to the HTIB... and that the BR players seem to be indicating that they are outputting HD audio, I just can't figure out what settings need to be changed and on which unit?
Thanks for reading all that and any suggestions or further tips you might have would be greatly appreciated. Going back to re-read this thread now to see if I missed my answer(s).
EDIT: Well seems like the settings were/are correct it's a matter of the Auto detecting things correctly. In the case of the s560 the audio options are AUTO or 2 Ch PCM. After unplugging both units to do another round of testing. I first plugged in the s370 it was set to AUTO, LOTR played 6.1 fine, switched in another BR disc and what do you know it played 5.1 like it was supposed to. I pushed for a DVD and IT played 5.1 all the same settings / same discs / same cables that had not worked earlier. I set it manually to PCM and retried and it all works fine so I'm going to leave it there.
I went for the tri-fecta and tried the s560, left it in auto VS only 2 Ch PCM and it worked for the other BR and DVD both outputting 5.1 and the receiver detecting it and playing the surround part correctly on A.F.D. STD. ---> my s560 won't play discs 1 & 3 of LOTR BR (theatrical - firmware issue with latest version not supporting or still not supporting it).
But after all that, for whatever reason it's decided to work now. Hopefully it won't revert after I unplug things and switch them around again. GRRR!