Originally Posted by jkidman
I have just hooked up the MDP-S480 I got for Xmas and my new bluray with 6.1 sound won't give me surround sound on my 5.1 system.
I read an earlier post with a similar issue, and setting the BD audio mix to off didn't work on my system.
I have the S480, my amp is a Samsung HT-X50.
I had to route through an HDMI switcher since my TV only has one HDMI input. It's a Monoprice PN 5557 - which is perfect since the Samsung only has a Toslink input. So - HDMI out of the S480, into the Switch, audio out of the Toslink into the Samsung and HDMI into the TV.
When I play a DVD with 5.1 surround in the S480 - I get 5.1 surround. When I play a bluray with 6.1, the only way to get sound is to set the Monoprice switch to 2.1. Swapped the HDMI cables around and no issues with them. I get HD and 5.1 surround out of my FIOS routed through the same switch.
The only thing I can think of is that the 6.1 out of the S480 disagrees somehow with the Monoprice box.
I don't have any other paths to test unless I get a coax to toslink converter to send the digital audio directly to the amp.
Any thoughts on how I can make the S480 output 5.1 surround?
I took a quick look through the manual for the Samsung, and, unless I'm missing something, it does not decode the newer blu-ray audio formats since it's an all-in-one DVD/Receiver and has no HDMI in. Here's a page explaining the blu-ray audio in case you aren't familiar:http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/1064
Since there's no way to get HD audio to your current receiver, you'll need to tell the Sony to only output Dolby Digital or DTS. I haven't looked back through the forum to see what the heck the BD Audio MIX Setting On/Off means and the manual doesn't tell me much. It does mention to get HD Audio Signal to set it to off. Well your receiver can't decode that, so maybe that needs to be set to On actually. And there aren't any settings I can see that would have the Sony default to DD and DTS. The "Auto" setting on the Sony for Audio (HDMI) sees the monoprice and thinks it's OK for it to output HD Audio, which doesn't work for you.
I'm not sure there is an automatic way to do this since you aren't directly connected to the dvd/receiver with HDMI. One way that may work would be to go into the Audio settings each blu-ray disc menu and select Dolby Digital. Most discs have a 5.1 track available and that should get you surround, but you'll have to tell it each time you load a new disc to use that audio, because most discs default to the newer formats. I would have thought that DTS-HD (which is on most blu-rays) would have been outputted from the switcher as DTS (old DVD version) through the TosLink to your DVD/receiver. But can your Samsung even decode DTS over the toslink? The manual doesn't say anything about it. The monoprice is likely converting the DTS-HD to 2.0 LPCM audio for the Toslink because the Toslink cable isn't capable of sending 5.1 LPCM audio, only HDMI can do that. Maybe there's a setting with the monoprice to help you with this?
Since you seem to like your all-in-one system, the best solution would be for you to return the blu-ray player and ebay the monoprice and samsung and just buy an new all in one blu-ray system:http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+1...&skuId=1997349
If you can get $150 for the others, you'd only be out $100 and be much happier.
I'm sure that's not what you want to hear, but to get the old tech to work with the new tech easily, that's really the only way.