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post #511 of 729
No.
post #512 of 729
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Originally Posted by toofart View Post

No.

Thanks.

Guess I will have to live with the quirks.

I can get HDMI pass thru on Bluray but no other HDMI. Maybe it has to be 1.4a HDMI to work with pass thru?

Still get the occasional loud pop/crack sound which I also think is some sort of HDMI issue since everything is connect via HDMI.
post #513 of 729
First of all let me start by saying, I really appreciate all the help everyone in this threat puts forward. I am completely new to the surround sound world. The last reciever I owned was an RVA system in a box I purchased about 6 or 7 years ago with my very first paycheck. With that being said I have a few questions.

I purchased this reciever and the entire speaker set that best buy offers. Then I got the sub for 79.99 on a shellshocker from newegg 2 days ago. My sub hasnt even arrived yet.

Last night I started hooking everything up, and I ran into a few things I would like to ask about.

1. I know this thing can sound a lot better than it sounds but I have absolutely no idea about all these buttons on the remote, and so on. What are the main settings I need to use to make this thing really sound good? I want to use 5.1 surround sound. I have the stand up towers, center, and bookshelf and will have the sub in a few days.

2. My computer is hooked up to my 55' LED 3D Samsung. At the moment I have been using logitech speaker system as my speakers, but I would much rather use this. Last night I ran my HDMI Cord into the reciever, and my PC made the sound like it was installing new hardware but nothing past that ever happened. The HDMI source never became availible to use so I couldnt switch to it on my TV input. Any advice on using this for my PC? Because that was honestly one of the main things I wanted to use it for.

That is really all the questions I had so far. I opened up the OSD, but I really didnt see anything in there I needed to really change. I enabled HDMI and ARC because I need through this thread I needed to do that.

Any help you guys can offer up to a complete newbie would be fantastic. Thank you guys! I'm totally not use to paying this much for a sound system but I figured since I got a 2,000 TV that I would be robbing myself not to have great sound.

Thanks again guys!
post #514 of 729
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1. I know this thing can sound a lot better than it sounds but

When you get the sub woofer, check the manual and run the auto setup with the mic it came with. MAACC or something like that. It will do everything for you and sound great.

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2. My computer is hooked up to my 55' LED 3D Samsung

Make sure your default audio device is set to HDMI on your computer. Control Panel --> Sound --> Click on HDMI and click set default.

I use auto-surround all the time and let it switch between DTS and Dolby and what not and it sounds fantastic.
post #515 of 729
I am also having problem setting this system up.
I am actually using it in a commercial setting w/o a TV. Set up requires a TV? It should just be able to play music, without this right?
I can't get any sound out of the thing at all right now. I plugged in my iphone to run music out of both the front input and the rear inputs with RCA cables, and the sources are set to analogue.

I hooked up 6x 8ohm speakers
- 4x in parallel to Front R & L
- 2x surround R & L

Wondering if anyone here can help, it would be most appreciated.
Thanks,
post #516 of 729
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Originally Posted by jimustbhifi View Post

I am also having problem setting this system up.
I am actually using it in a commercial setting w/o a TV. Set up requires a TV? It should just be able to play music, without this right?Thanks,


You don't need a TV. You can use the front panel to tweak and configure anything.

Chances are your speakers are set to 'off'. Use your remote and look at p. 30 of the manual:

http://www.manualowl.com/m/Pioneer/V.../Manual/193261
post #517 of 729
Hey guys, I purchased the 521 last week and a set of 5.1 speakers. So far a have my Sky HD box, PS3 and PC all connected to the receiver via HDMI. I also have an Optical cable from the Sky box to the receiver as Sky does not process 5.1 sound through HDMI. The problem is when I press the Signal SEL button and change it to O1 for Optical, there is no sound for a few seconds and then it just reverts back to Analog. I have tried with the PS3 as well to make sure it is not a fault with the Sky box but the result is the same? Any solution for this?
post #518 of 729
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Originally Posted by jimustbhifi View Post

I am also having problem setting this system up.
I am actually using it in a commercial setting w/o a TV. Set up requires a TV? It should just be able to play music, without this right?
I can't get any sound out of the thing at all right now. I plugged in my iphone to run music out of both the front input and the rear inputs with RCA cables, and the sources are set to analogue.

I hooked up 6x 8ohm speakers
- 4x in parallel to Front R & L
- 2x surround R & L

Wondering if anyone here can help, it would be most appreciated.
Thanks,

it is likely not a good idea to run those in parallel... you are presenting a 4 ohm nominal load at that point, and if you push it at all, the avr is not going to be happy... at low volumes, it should be ok...
post #519 of 729
Hi,

just bought this amp and connected my slim ps3 via HDMI, everything working fine, except i can hear dolby HD and dts HD blurays but the amp does not displays what kind of sound we are hearing.

My old Yamaha RX-V350 always displayed the type of sound, from stereo to DTS.

Is it normal that the user does not know, when playing a PS3 game, if it is in DD ou DTS?

Seems strange...
post #520 of 729
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Originally Posted by dee_jay_m View Post

Hi,

just bought this amp and connected my slim ps3 via HDMI, everything working fine, except i can hear dolby HD and dts HD blurays but the amp does not displays what kind of sound we are hearing.

My old Yamaha RX-V350 always displayed the type of sound, from stereo to DTS.

Is it normal that the user does not know, when playing a PS3 game, if it is in DD ou DTS?

Seems strange...

I believe the ps3 plays those formats in PCM so it will not display "Dolby true hd" or "dts hd" etc, or you might have blu ray secondary audio turned on, if so turn it off, have u tried pressing the "alc/standard" button on the remote? That tells you all the formats that can be used, if it just says PCM then i believe it's still uncompressed which would be the same as true hd etc
post #521 of 729
^^^

yes, the slim ps3 will bitstream the codecs as desired... the fat one will not...
post #522 of 729
Hi, I was wondering of anyone knew what the bass buttons control when the speakers are set to large? Is it just the bass in the left and right speakers? Because when the left right and center channels are set to small when the bass buttons are pressed it just controls the sub woofer channel level and none of the other speakers.
post #523 of 729
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Originally Posted by ccotenj View Post

^^^

yes, the slim ps3 will bitstream the codecs as desired... the fat one will not...

Oh I see, wasn't sure about that, havnt had one since, can't remember if they have a secondary audio option but I have it on my Panny blu ray player and for a while I couldn't understand why it wasnt playing or displaying the uncompressed formats and it was because of that stupid secondary audio track option was turned on by default, although it does turn of the clicks and whatnot, but I think there annoying as all hell anyway.
post #524 of 729
^^
PS3s do not have a secondary audio setting.
post #525 of 729
Hoping someone can help with this, just got this receiver to replace an old Onkyo HTIB unit, it had what I wanted and was right for my speakers. I have the following setup:

Panasonic VT25 58"
Panasonic BDT210 blu ray
Xbox 360

I am not getting DTS or DD on any blu rays or the Xbox, in fact it's only in 2 ch stereo. I have an optical connection from the Xbox, and am using the 2nd HDMI out on the blu ray player for audio only (HDMI 1 goes straight to display). I used the included mic to set it up, and heard the test tones out of all 5 speakers and subwoofer. I set the front speaker size to small, and that's the only change I made. Any suggestions?
post #526 of 729
Are you sure that your Blu-Ray player is outputting Dolby Digital or one of the other multi-channel modes? Try pressing the "auto / direct" button on the remote. That should tell the receiver to select the best audio that is available, which in your case should be at least DD or DTS.
post #527 of 729
I know the Xbox and blu day player output DD/DTS over optical, as it worked fine on my old receiver. The only difference now is I'm trying to do audio for the blu ray over HDMI. This couldn't affect the other optical in (Xbox), could it? I tried auto/direct and still got the same result.
post #528 of 729
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Originally Posted by H1TMAN22 View Post

I have the following setup:

Panasonic BDT210 blu ray

... and am using the 2nd HDMI out on the blu ray player for audio only (HDMI 1 goes straight to display).

Hi H1TMAN22, I thought that BDT210 only has one HDMI out and BDT310 has two HDMI out.
post #529 of 729
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Originally Posted by H1TMAN22 View Post

I know the Xbox and blu day player output DD/DTS over optical, as it worked fine on my old receiver. The only difference now is I'm trying to do audio for the blu ray over HDMI. This couldn't affect the other optical in (Xbox), could it? I tried auto/direct and still got the same result.

Curious since it wasn't mention in your other post but is there a HDMI cable connect from receiver HDMI Out to tv HDMI in? If not connect one.
post #530 of 729
I am not using the receiver to pass video through, the blu ray player does have 2 HDMI outs. I wanted a straight video signal to the tv, I thought there'd be issues with 3D going thru the receiver.
post #531 of 729
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Originally Posted by H1TMAN22 View Post

I know the Xbox and blu day player output DD/DTS over optical, as it worked fine on my old receiver. The only difference now is I'm trying to do audio for the blu ray over HDMI. This couldn't affect the other optical in (Xbox), could it? I tried auto/direct and still got the same result.

I have to assume that you are changing the input to whichever one you have the XBOX connected to. I have an optical cable connecting my cable box to the receiver and I get DD with no problem. I also have a ROKU and get DD using HDMI. Your problem is probably a simple one that will be solved with the push of a button or two, or a setting on your Blu-Ray. Did you try hitting the ADV SURROUND button on the remote? Also pull up your Blu-Ray menu and double check the audio settings.
post #532 of 729
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Originally Posted by H1TMAN22 View Post

I am not using the receiver to pass video through, the blu ray player does have 2 HDMI outs. I wanted a straight video signal to the tv, I thought there'd be issues with 3D going thru the receiver.

I could be wrong but with a HDMI IN its possible a HDCP negotiation issue since there is no HDMI out from receiver to tv. Plus what is the optical jack assigned to for the XBox 360? If its assoicate with a video input that may be the problem. Try assigning to CD-R/Tape.
post #533 of 729
I tried the adv surround, and I was getting sound out of all the speakers. When it does, I get a TON of echo, and it sounds like its just taking a stereo signal and sending the same sound to the center and surrounds. There was no indication on the receiver that it was getting a DD/DTS signal. I made sure the xbox and blu ray player were set to output the audio right, seemed like they were both set up ok. I didn't think of having a problem with HDCP by not having a video out to the tv, I'll try routing everything thru the receiver and running it to the tv that way and see what happens.
post #534 of 729
Just FYI, I don't get any indication of DD when I use my Roku. I can tell it is mutlichannel audio and it sounds just like DD, but for some reason the receiver doesn't show DD at all even though it is connected via HDMI.
post #535 of 729
What are you watching on your Roku? The Roku isn't capable of streaming Dolby Digital 5.1 from Netflix. I've had my Roku for a while now connected via HDMI to my Denon receiver and the receiver converts the signal to Dolby PLII.
post #536 of 729
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

What are you watching on your Roku? The Roku isn't capable of streaming Dolby Digital 5.1 from Netflix. I've had my Roku for a while now connected via HDMI to my Denon receiver and the receiver converts the signal to Dolby PLII.

Interesting. I always thought that the Roku outputs Dolby Digital Plus when playing Netflix.

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-...y-digital-plus
post #537 of 729
Update: so while trying to run all the video thru the receiver, I decided to try something I should've done from the beginning. I switched the HDMI cables around, and voila! Instant 3D and DTS HD on Blu ray. The cable I was using for audio on the blu ray player previously was now on the Xbox, and it wasn't getting anything from it. I'm getting a new cable tonight. I was worried about issues with running all the video thru the receiver to my display, like things not working right, delay, etc. I had none of these, it seems to work the same as a direct connection. Sounds much better than my old Onkyo, I'm impressed with it! Thanks for all the help, I knew I'd find my answer somehow in here!
post #538 of 729
Hi everyone,
I just bought this unit , "as is" - the remote is missing. I dont mind, I paid only 185 $ for it.

Where can I get a remote for this unit ....I live in canada.

thanks !

James
post #539 of 729
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Originally Posted by Five28 View Post

Interesting. I always thought that the Roku outputs Dolby Digital Plus when playing Netflix.

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-...y-digital-plus

Your linked article says nothing about the Roku. It says Netflix is now streaming Dolby Digital Plus.

Which Roku box do you have? I know it doesn't work on my Roku XD. You must have a Roku 2 for a chance of it working.

http://support.roku.com/entries/2032...y-audio-in-5-1
post #540 of 729
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Originally Posted by Slammbo View Post

I have one that should make a few of you laugh. I set up my VSX-521 and I loved untill I started playing like a little kid pushing buttons. Well now I get no sound when I use the tuner. Works great with my Sat receiver and DVD player hooked through HDMI. So now I can't listen to the radio. Anyone have an idea of what my dumb@$$ could have changed or what to try to get it back working again?

Thanks

I've got the exact same issue OOTB. No tuner audio. Everything else works great. Let me know what (if) you found/find out please!
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