Originally Posted by VTGOLFER
I just joined the BD camp and bought the Panasonic and I need some advise if I have hooked up everything correctly. I pulled a Denon DVD 2910 out of my system and replaced it with the Panasonic BD Player and I must say the picture quality on SD DVD is just as good as my 2910 was.
A little background on my system is the following: I currently own the McIntosh MX-119 pre/pro which only has 3 component inputs which I am using for an HD/Tivo receiver, X-Box 360 and now the Panasonic BD Player. I have the Panasonic hooked up via component, digital coaxial and 7.1 anologue outputs to my McIntosh 7.1 external inputs. I take it that my external inputs on the Mac is what everyone is calling PCM. Is this correct?
Other questions are:
1. What settings should I set the Panny to? I am really confused with the details from the menus as well as the manual is confusing. I currently have the Video setting Picture to normal, DNR to off, Progressive set to on, Transfer set to Auto 1, 4:3 aspect set to normal,
V. Surround Sound set to off, Dialog Enhancer set to off, Re-master set to off and Dialogue Filter set to normal. Are these setting correct?
2. My Digital Audio Output settings are:
PCM Down Conversion is set to off
Dolby Digital is set to Bitstream
Dolby Digital Plus is set to PCM
DTS is set to Bitstream
Is this correct?
3. I have my speakers selected to Multi Channel but when I put my McIntosh pre/pro to external input the pink noise from the Panny is played through all 7 channels except for the sub. I believe I read in the manual that this is correct and the Pink noise will not be played through the sub. Please let me know if this is correct.
The strange thing is when I put the Mac in Dolby Digital or DTS the Pink Noise is only coming out of the front left and front right speakers. But when I watch either a SD DVD or a BD DVD the audio seems to be playing in all the speakers.
I know that X-Men The Last Stand is DTS 6.1 but when I play it through my system I am getting no sound out of my back surrounds eventhough I know they are hooked up correctly. Am I missing something here.
I am hoping I can get some answers before I get too frustrated and decide to take it back. I believe this is going to be a great player and SD was extremely nice eventhrough component which only allows me to upconvert to 525P but it equals if not betters my Denon 2910 which speaks very highly of the Panny.
Like Oink says... lose the digital connection for now. Trying to run both is only gonna give you calibration problems. The only downside is when playing standard DVD... you will only get 5.1(for some reason the Panny can only decode up to 5.1, not 6.1 while playing standard DVD.... BD can play up to 7.1).
Your settings seem pretty accurate for the most part, but dont forget these...
In the Panny player:
- On the main speaker screen, set all speakers to small and set the delays. Make sure Sub is set to yes and it shows all speakers(refer to manual)
- Make sure HDMI video and HDMI audio is set to OFF
- Speaker is set to Multi-Channel
- Dynamic Range is set to OFF
- BD-Video Function set to OFF
- Component Video is set to your displays resolution
- Set Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital plus and DTS to PCM
- Black level control set to DARK
Now throw in a calibration disc and use the speaker level settings on the speaker screen.
These are just general guidelines when using component and analog outs and should get you going in the right direction.