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Thread Starter 
I live in a small town in Oklahoma. One of the channels does not broadcast in dolby digital. What is the perfered audio format when you can't get dolby digital. I was using direct but the I read that direct does not use bass management, and sets front speakers to full. So what would you use?

Is there a way to keep whatever I chose permanent. I have changed it, but it always goes back to direct. Will it when, I change channels go back to dolby digital if that is the format being used on that channel?

Thank you Bob
post #2 of 9
What receiver?
post #3 of 9
Try ProLogicII, for Dolby ProLogic II, or something similar, like "PLII" or "PLIIx". This is an output format which gives you a good guess at surround information and bass from a stereo input. "Dolby Digital" is an input format that includes surround information and bass. "Direct" is a receiver setting that means don't try to extract surround information from a stereo (2 channel) input. (I hope I got that all straight.)

You don't have any choice about input format - it is what it is (except that sometimes a source may contain alternate input formats). You will have some choice about how to set your receiver, which generally boils down to "just play what's in the input" ("direct") or "elaborate what is already there to make it sound better" (various choices, e.g. ProLogic).
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for that information. The receiver is a 2312. Is there anyway to make it permanet, it keeps going back to direct.

Thank you
Bob
post #5 of 9
See p52 of the manual to set the Listening Modes.
Then look at p107 of the manual for Auto Surround:
Quote:
Auto Surround
ON : Memorize settings. Automatically play with the last used surround
mode.
OFF : Do not memorize settings. Surround mode does not change
according to input signal.
• The auto surround mode function lets you store in the memory the
surround mode last used for playing the four types of input signals listed
below.
- Analog and PCM 2-channel signals
- Dolby Digital and DTS 2-channel signals
- Dolby Digital and DTS multi-channel signals
- LPCM Multi-channel signals
• When playing in PURE DIRECT, the surround mode does not change
even if the input signal is changed.

When Auto Surround is set to ON, the receiver will use whatever Listening Mode was last selected for each type of audio. So, if you select Dolby Digital as the Listening Mode for DD 5.1 sources on your TV input and PLII Cinema as the Listening Mode for stereo sources on your TV input, it will decode DD 5.1 when a station sends that and will use PLII Cinema when the station broadcasts in stereo. i have an older Denon 3805 set up that way and it works just fine.

btw, I believe your receiver still does bass management when set to Direct. Direct bypasses room correction, and Dynamic EQ/Volume.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks thats what I was looking for. You are a Gentleman and a scholar! IO have a hard time reading the manual on the computer. I sure wish I could make it into a paper book.
Thank you
post #7 of 9
You're welcome.
post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by bob2194 View Post

Thanks thats what I was looking for. You are a Gentleman and a scholar! IO have a hard time reading the manual on the computer. I sure wish I could make it into a paper book.
Thank you

You could always print out the manual if you want.
http://usa.denon.com/DocumentMaster/US/AVR-2312CIE3_ENG_CD-ROM_v00.pdf
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
yes I could, but is a lot of paper and ink. Then it would be quit big. May take it to staples and let them print it.
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