The only hiccup now is that while the DENON AVR-989 displays 7.1 channel possibility while playing a DVD & I get rear channel audio, when I switch to NETFLIX, the same display changes to DVD-Stereo. I know that the PS is supposed to get 5.1 audio even with NETLIX, so what can I do to get it? Is there some setting in the PS or NETFLIX setup that I have missed? So, yes I am thrilled with the PS unit’s abilities, but the set-up for a novice like me was 3 days & still counting. Thanks to all for inputs & comments. Looking forward to hearing from you about my last question concerning the NETFLIX rear audio.
While the PS3 is the only device that can get 5.1 streams from Netflix, only a subset of Netflix titles are 5.1.
As mentioned before there are several PS3 interfaces (so I"m not sure which one you have), but it should be indicated if a title is HD or 5.1. It should look something along these lines (see the "5.1" box)
There is a list of known ones here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1297186
You may also be able to set your Denon to Dolby Pro-Logic II for the stereo stuff (it'll try to make a 5.1 track out of the stereo....obviously not true 5.1 but better).