Originally Posted by huskerdu11
Love this player! Question for anyone who has a Pioneer AVR with the Sound Retriever function. I have the function enabled both on my BDP-62FD and my VSX-60. I notice on some discs the Sound Retriever function is working and on some discs the AVR reads "Not Available". Does anyone know why it works on some discs and not others? And furthermore, what is the use for the Sound Retriever function? I notice a boost in sound when it is available. Somewhere I read it's only supposed to be used for highly compressed audio sources such as streaming music, internet radio and music from iPods. I notice on regular cds it greatly enhances the sound. Otherwise the audio sounds rather dull.
I have a VSX-1122-K w/ the BDP-62FD. I set the Sound Retriever function to 'On' all of the time. When you are playing back Blu-rays, it disables the function - it uses Sound Retriever Link from the player to feed the bitrate to the AVR and higher bitrate (lossless audio) will disable the SR playback function. With DVDs - especially one's with DD 5.1 audio, which is very compressed, it will auto-magically re-enable playback to 'enhance' the sound. It sounds like you like the effect and I do to; with standard definition movies it really enlivens the audio.
With MP3/AAC (compressed) audio, it works much the same; I have a lot of FLAC (losssless CD audio) and it seems to disable it there, as well.
When I play CDs, SACDs and DVD-A discs, I always set the AVR to Pure Direct mode, which disable all processing - including SR. I think you will find, however, for CDs you won't need/want SR, but If you are playing CDs, and you like the SR processing, then make sure you have set the AVR to 'Standard Stereo' or one of the surround modes - not direct.
Let us know if you still can't get this to work as you expect.