Setup advice for PC Games/Home theater X1300
I've had the X1300 for about 6 months and like it but I certainly haven't touched much beyond the basics. I've learned a ton reading this forum so had I asked this half a year ago I would have 20 questions. But, I'd love some advice on the best way to wire and configure the Denon. I watch movies with a 5.1.2 setup, primarily through Plex. I play PC video games, and listen to stereo music by casting google play music via wifi (chromecast audio) to the denon. My setup is as follows:
Windows 10 PC (HTPC) connected to X1300 via HDMI, HDMI from X1300 connected to 60" Samsung TV. X1300 is connected to the 5.1.2 speakers (3 across, 2 heights, 2 sides and 1 sub).
It works well enough but I do have a few problems:
1. When I watch a movie or play games on the PC, I always get the source audio. I have it setup as passthrough so if I have an atmos track I do see atmos on my receiver. But I was told this will upconvert lower audio signals automatically i.e. stereo to false surround sound. How do I set this up?
2. If I'm using the PC I can't listen to music through the stereo because I have to change to a different input, and when I do that, I lose video signal. I do not use the 2nd zone and I'm wondering if that's the key? Not sure how to set it up though.
3. In general, atmos is a PIA on a windows 10 machine. Whenever there is an update I have to reconfigure it. Someone on another forum said I should not have atmos activated on windows 10 but when it's not activated I do not see atmos on the denon. What is the best way to setup windows?
Thanks in advance!