I would like to run something by you that I just come across while watching this movie. I have the following equipment:
Samsung BD-1400 with the latest firmware that enables bitstreaming of all HD audio codecs i.e. DTS HD MA and Dolby TrueHD and HDMI bitsream is enabled on this player.
My reciever is Pioneer VSX-9120TXH-k which is equivalent of the Pioneer VSX-91TXH US model ( I am based in Canada)
Here is where I experience a problem. When I start playing Pan's Labirynth, at the very beginning, there is a short section of audio, like a jingle, that has my receiver "light up" all the icons for all the speakers i.e. 7 speakers including both left and right surround speakers plus LFE (subwoofer) This is what I would call and expect from DTS HD MA 7.1 soundtrack.
However, this lasts only maybe a minute and when I start playing teh movie itself, both back surround speakers (left and right) are not lit anymore on the reciever ???!!! Which means I am back to DTS-HD MA 5.1 not 7.1 ??? Did you experience the same problem or is this a problem with my setup ? I have to mention that I have not hooked up 2 back surround speakers as of yet - just getting everything setup
However, I would understand that you need all the speakers to be present, if it wasn't for that 1 min audio the beginning of the disc that has all the speakers icons lit up on the reciever, What gives ??? Is this disc simply DTS HD MA 5.1 instead of 7.1 throughout the whole movie ?
A few reviews on the net mention that " the film's Spanish DTS HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track is inarguably exceptional.Simply put, this mix is all about dynamics and immersion. The rear speakers rarely rest, populating the quietest scenes with the ambient hum of insects in the wind-swept forest."
Please let me know and keep up the good work with your portal ! I am also interested if other have seen a similar behaviour or their setup simply works as expected. Either way, I would appreciate your response.