Here is a list of my AVS items I use:
- 55GA7900 TV
- Denon 1713 Receiver with ARC and Zone 2, connected to Energy Take Classic 5.1 speaker set
- Scientific Atlanta Explorer 4250HD set-top box from Cablevision
- Old Sony Blu-Ray player that I never use
- Sennheiser wireless headphones
My current setup is:
- Cable Box -> HDMI 1 of TV
- Receiver -> HDMI 2 of TV to allow for updating settings on receiver
- Blu Ray -> HDMI 3 of TV (never use this anyway)
- TV Optical Audio Out -> Receiver In
- Wireless headphones to Receiver Zone 2 via RCA connections
My goal is to be able to have the best quality sound without having to adjust any settings when I switch from various sources including watching Cable TV, using Avia to play both MP3s and MKVs on my server via DLNA, and then over to Netflix to watch other items. My problem lies in that the audio settings for the TV allow you to select one of three options: Auto, PCM, or Dolby Digital.
- When I select Auto, it works fine for Netflix, MP3s, or MKV files, but does not appear to output DD when watching TV. I am able to change the receiver settings to allow either PLII Cinema, Pro Logic, or NEO6. When I switch to play Netflix or watch an MKV, the auto kicks in and it forces the receiver into DD or DTS.
- When I select PCM, I am not getting DD at all, but the sound works. I don't want to keep it on this.
- When I force the TV to output in DD, it works okay for video and when I watch TV it works just fine and outputs Dolby Digital to the receiver. However, when I play MP3s via Avia, it doesn't work and I have to switch back to Auto or PCM.
So, any advice on how to better set this up for the best sound possible and limited user intervention to change sound settings when switching inputs? The way I see it, I have a few options:
- Keep the physical setup as-is now and leave it on Auto. Keep the receiver set to PLII, Pro Logic, or Neo6. I am really not sure what the difference is between these and if they are okay.
- Keep the physical setup as-is and adjust between Auto or DD on the TV settings every time I switch what I want to do.
- Modify the physical setup to run the cable box to the receiver and then to the TV. When I want to use an app on the TV, I switch the input on the receiver. I would then keep the TV on Auto for this as it is only the cable box input that doesn't seem to be forcing DD to the TV.
Edited by brp1264 - 9/19/13 at 10:01am