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Timothy28

join:2006-05-13
Lewisville, TX
reply to Steely

Re: Home theater help

said by Steely:

According to at least one Amazon reviewer and a follow-up comment, the Sony might be displaying 2.0 DD when it is, in fact, correctly outputting 5.1.

You should be able to tell what's going on by setting the receiver to a direct or pure audio output mode and then tuning your STB to an HD movie channel that you know is broadcasting in 5.1. If you hear sound only from the front left and right speakers, you're not getting 5.1 surround. If the center and rear channels are active with discrete channel info, the display is incorrect but the audio is working correctly.

It's also possible you got a bum unit. If it's under warranty, you might want to try swapping it out for another.

Ok, thanks! that helps a lot actually. Judging by what you said i think its working correctly. I only hear dialogue from the center channel. All other sounds are from the left, right and rear surround speakers. This is my first home theater system. So i didn't know if the surround sound from the rear speakers was supposed to be more noticeable.

marc3565

join:2009-10-08
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in quieter scenes you don't hear the rear speakers as much. But if you walk right next to them you can usually pick it up. Big action scenes you should really hear the rear speakers.


Steely
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reply to Timothy28
said by Timothy28:

I only hear dialogue from the center channel. All other sounds are from the left, right and rear surround speakers.

When you're testing, just make sure that your Sony is set to NOT convert two-channel audio to matrix (simulated) surround sound, such as Dolby Pro Logic II. Otherwise, you may not be able to differentiate between true (discrete) surround and the artificial surround created by your receiver's processor.

said by Timothy28:

This is my first home theater system. So i didn't know if the surround sound from the rear speakers was supposed to be more noticeable.

If you're using wireless rear speakers it's possible the sound level and/or quality is being compromised by a less-than-optimal signal or poor amplification.

Timothy28

join:2006-05-13
Lewisville, TX
said by Steely:

said by Timothy28:

I only hear dialogue from the center channel. All other sounds are from the left, right and rear surround speakers.

When you're testing, just make sure that your Sony is set to NOT convert two-channel audio to matrix (simulated) surround sound, such as Dolby Pro Logic II. Otherwise, you may not be able to differentiate between true (discrete) surround and the artificial surround created by your receiver's processor.

said by Timothy28:

This is my first home theater system. So i didn't know if the surround sound from the rear speakers was supposed to be more noticeable.

If you're using wireless rear speakers it's possible the sound level and/or quality is being compromised by a less-than-optimal signal or poor amplification.

Thanks, i've made sure sound mode is off. So i can't even change it to dolby pro logic at all. So it shouldn't be simulating anything.