Originally Posted by bsoko2
The rears cut off if you choose the front heigth. Every speaker defaults on with 7.1 including the IIx and IIz. The Dolby site will tell you the same as I have been saying. You get all channels with 7.1 thru the reciever period. You can choose height over rear surrounds with any 5.1 or 7.1. It gives you one or the other. 7.1 gives it all to you. The manual is not misleading. If you got pink tone audio from all speakers when in the speaker calibration menu, then they all work.
So you are saying all 9 of your speakers work at the same time, but only when Dolby PLIIz is not selected? This makes no sense at all, really what would be the point? Why would you be able to have sound come from all 9 speakers except when using the one sound format that can take advantage of the height speakers. Go back and reread some of that Dolby sight I think you are slightly misunderstanding something.
Also, yes I am getting a pink noise signal from each speaker, but they only play one at a time. I never said they don't work, I said they don't work at the same time. If you notice while cycling through the speakers in setup mode once you get to the rear surrounds you will hear a switch click, this is the receiver turning on the rear surrounds. Then once you keep cycling through your speakers back to the front heights, you will then hear that switch click again this time it is turning on the front heights. This same switch clicking sound happens every time you switch from PLIIz to any other format or vice versa, but you will notice that you can cycle through all the other formats including the THX formats without any such switch clicking other than the THX PLIIz, which there you have it PLIIz once again.
I think this all has to do with the front height speakers are associated with the B speaker terminal and if you read the trouble shooting facts near the back of the manual you will notice it reference that the rear surrounds will not work if speaker B is selected. Also if you look on the back of the receiver you will notice that the front height speaker plug into the B speaker terminals.
I do really think you are imagining that sound is coming from your front height speakers in any mode other than PLIIz, 7.1 source or not. I don't blame you with the kind of speakers most of us in these forums have, sound comes from all over and some very nice imaging can come from places where we don't even have speakers...LOL Then on top of that place a couple beefy subs in the mix and a lot of things can vibrate.
Please don't get me wrong I really like this receiver it has a lot of improvements over my old vsx 94thx and that was a damn good receiver. But I do stand by my statement that the manual is misleading about 9.1 sound because this receiver can't do it, at least not as it currently stands. Although there were little hints through out it that it won't do 9.1, none being more apparent than on the specs page when it mentions:
Multi channel simultaneous power output (1 kHz 1% 8 ohms)
7 ch total 770 w (sc-37)
So no mention of 9.1 or how to power the last two channels to achieve 9 channels.