Originally Posted by JasonAlan
Thanks for your advice. I am considering getting the J-Tech, as I want something the "just works".
I have read about this DD+ issue with Netflix -- when the sound comes out as "stereo" will it still come out of my rear speakers?
It depends, but "probably." Does your AVR offer Dolby Pro Logic II? DPLII attempts to "synthesize" 4 channels from 2, adding a center and center rear; your receiver will route the center rear to both rears in a 5.1 setup. How good it is is a matter of opinion. Some people like it most of the time, some people think it sounds "fake." At best it is dependent on the material. If the material has good stereo separation, it can be OK. If left and right are nearly the same, it sounds nearly monaural from the center speaker (and much narrower than stereo) with a little sound from the rear(s). I mostly turn it off, going to straight stereo, but there is SOME material where I enjoy it.
There are some threads on the Roku forums on this DD+ issue. Some people there claim DPLII sounds "almost" as good as DD5.1; I am NOT in the camp. There is material where it is better than stereo, there is material where it is worse. I don't think it is comparable to real 5.1.
For the moment I am not too worried as Amazon and Netflix overlap so much. If/when I try Netflix, either my Tivo solves the problem or I need a new AVR.
Does your TV an optical output? Even with Dolby in, it will probably only output stereo (true of my TV and MANY older TVs). But if so, hook it up and try the stereo out of TV decoded to Dolby Pro Logic II and form your own opinion.
Edit: I just noticed your AVR is actually a HTIB. Some of these (with built-in DVD or Blu Ray player) only decode DD5.1 from their internal sources, not from their optical input. If you tune your TV to an HD channel with DD5.1, and use TV's optical output, does the HTIB decode it? Also discussion on that issue in Roku forum.Edited by JohnS-MI - 3/3/14 at 7:44am