I recently got a newer Denon (AVR-1613) that I bought used, and it got me to thinking about an issue I'm having with my AVR-1911. My 1613 is hooked up to our living room TV and using an optical cable from the TV, I'm getting Dolby Digital with no issues using videos from our home NAS device. The output sounds fantastic on my Energy Classic 5.1 speakers in the living room.
Downstairs in our theater room and using an AlienWare Alpha PC also connected to the NAS I don't get Dolby Digital on the 1911 from the same video files and instead settle for "Direct" mode. The 5.1 sounds fine, but if I'm understanding how Denon handles "direct" mode correctly I'm not getting any amp corrections while using this mode.
The kicker is that I know at one time using this same setup in the basement theater with the 1911 I would get Dolby Digital output. I'm not sure what change caused the difference. I will say that at one point I started using Media Player Classic (MPC) instead of Kodi. Could this be the problem? I got tired of fiddling with Kodi and wanted a straight up player instead. I have been through my sound settings like crazy and can't figure it out. When looking at my output device, the 1911 shows that Dolby Digital is one of the supported formats. Any insights someone can give me? I'm at my wit's end.
Thanks in advance!
Basement Home Theater: Receiver Denon AVR-2311CI, Subwoofer Bic V-1220, Front Pioneer SP-FS52, Center Pioneer SP-C22, Surround/Back Micca MB42X, Projector Epson 8350, Screen Home-made ~90" 16:9, Seats Berkline 13175, HTPC Alienware Alpha
Living Room: Receiver Denon AVR-1613, Speakers Energy Take Classic 5.1, TV 60" Sharp Aquos, Remote Logitech Harmony 700