Has anyone tried playing Dolby Digital EX DVD's? I've been sampling DD EX, DTS ES, and DTS ES Discrete titles. I've had mixed results. I've got a VSX 53 and a 7.1 speaker setup. Also I'm not sure because I'm using 7.1, if it would work right as it should activate a center rear surround. Unless it just makes the two rear channels the center.
One problem is when I play DD EX on some DVD's I only get 5.1 to show up in the display. For DD EX I sampled the following DVD's: EP 1 Phantom Menace, Austin Powers, Mission to Mars, Minority Report and The Running Man. The first 3 don't work but Minority and Running do. Movies with DD EX also work fine when on Blu ray like Stargate which has both DTS ES 6.1 and DD EX. When playing DD EX from Blu ray it seems to work as it added an XC to the bottom of the 5.1 configuration display. From the manual it states that "XC – Either one channel other than the ones above, the mono surround channel or matrix encode flag", which I think its just saying that it's activating the rear center by either DD EX, DTS ES or DTS Discrete. On some DVD titles it doesn't turn on the XC flag or indicator to suggest it would be one of the 3 aforementioned audio tracks but on some DVD's and Blu ray it does activate it.
With Minority Report and The Running Man (Special Edition) these worked fine and the XC flag lights up. Strangely on Minority Report it reportedly has both DD EX and DTS ES yet only DD EX works. (The XC lights up) I've read that some early DVD's didn't have the proper flagging for EX and maybe DTS ES Matrix is having the same problem here. Again, wondering if there is a way to manually toggle it.
It does appear to work on DTS ES 6.1 titles on DVD. For these I sampled: Gladiator (which strangely lists it as 6.1 on the cover, yet when you toggle the audio with the remote it indicates it's 5.1) it does indicate DTS ES and the XC indicator lights up which I believe everything is working ok. Also tried Austin Powers: Goldmember which has both DTS ES and DD EX, DTS ES works but DD EX doesn't.
A good example of it working on Blu ray is Stargate which has both DD EX and DTS ES 6.1. Both light up like they should on this disc.
I don't see a way to manually toggle 6.1 for EX titles on DVD and wouldn't think that it would be necessary.