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Here is my current audio setup:


Receiver Onkyo - TX-SR606



Bose Acoustimass 16 Series II (6.1 setup)



I have a few questions. If I should break these out into separate threads, let me know.


1) Recently, I tried playing a blu-ray demo disc which had DTS 7.1. This disc displayed a 7.1 setup on screen and would go to each speaker and play various frequencies. The problem I found was that it was not playing the sound correctly out of the proper speakers. I get that my system is a 6.1 but I thought that my receiver could convert anything (5.1, 7.1, etc..) to 6.1. Maybe Dolby Pro Logic II? but I thought that would only convert to a 5.1 setup.


2) Can modern receivers audio detect the audio format and intelligently decide what the best way to play the audio based on my speaker setup? On my receiver there appears to be a half dozen different settings depending on the audio format. Whether it's PCM, DTS, TrueHD, etc.. I shouldn't have to muck with settings based on the audio format the movie is encoded in. Perhaps my current receiver can do this now but based on the 7.1 issue I mentioned above tells me otherwise.


3)  Why are receivers so big in size? It seems like the form factor for receivers hasn't changed in at least 20 years.


4) Why can't receivers offer software updates? I shouldn't have to go out and buy a new receiver when a new audio format is introduced. Like a computer operating system, send me updates. Though my guess is that this has to do with proprietary software and licensing. whatever the excuse is, there is clearly newer and better ways of doing things which receivers seem to fall short on especially with all of the smart tech we have today.

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First things first, I would sell your Bose and get some decent speakers. Orb Audio offers some excellent small speakers, but they aren't the only ones. Now to your specific questions:

1. How is your 6th channel hooked up to the receiver and are your sure the channels are plugged into the right terminals?

2. Yes, modern receivers are able to detect the signal and decode accordingly; I don't recall which decoders the 606 has.

3. Heat sinks and power transformer required for class A/B designs. Class D receivers are able to produce power without this weight due to their switching power supply, but they haven't gained steam yet.

4. They do. Some newer receivers do updates right over your home network.
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