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Please help! I'm so desperate!

by esprague9 / January 19, 2007 11:19 AM PST

Why is the digital surround sound on my ps2 working so much better than the surround on my new toshiba upconvert dvd player. I just returned a new phillips upconvert dvd player becuase I thought it was the dvd player, but still no dice. I'm using a monster coaxial cable from a yamaha surround sound system (I also checked an optical cable as well), and the surround sound is pretty poor). On the same exact volume the surround sound from my PS2 is great. It's almost like the surround from the dvd player isn't even digital or is at least poor digital quality. Does anyone have any idea why this would be. The only thing I can think of is that the PS2 just has super surround sound. I don't know what the answer is to this problem, but i've spent the better part of wa week trying to figure out why this is happening. Last week, I bought a new yamaha surround sound system and an upconvert dvd player with an hdmi cable, so needless to say i'm pretty bummed that my PS2 is the only thing I can find to give me great surround sound. If anyone could provide me with any advice and or help, I'd really appreciate it.

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You didn't supply a missing clue...
by Dan Filice / January 19, 2007 12:04 PM PST

How do you have your PS2 connected to the Yamaha? I have mine connected to the front input of my Yamaha via an optical cable, and this is how my DVD player is connected (except I use the optical input on the back). Just curious since you mention that the surround on the PS2 sounds so good, I was just wondering how you had it connected. Another thought: In the setup menu on your DVD player, there typically is an option for audio output. Make sure you have the correct option chosen (Digital or PCM is typical). Your DVD player might have a default output setting setup for analog output, which would sound pretty lousy if pushed through a digital connection.

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The reason I ask about the PS2..
by Dan Filice / January 20, 2007 2:33 AM PST

To make a fair comparison between how your PS2 and DVD player's audio sounds, you need to connect them in a similar fashion. If your PS2 is not connected using a digital optical cable but your DVD player is (or the DVD player is connected via HDMI), then your PS2 is most likely using the Dolby Pro Logic processing of the Yamaha. This will focus your audio more on the two front and center speakers whereas using the optical cable (or HDMI) would allow the Yamaha to process in true 5.1 surround, which would spread out the sound a bit more than Pro Logic and maybe make the sound efx and music sound less loud or focused. Also, make sure you are using the same sound processing between your PS2 and DVD player. The Yamaha probably has at least a dozen sound effect processing modes (mine does), and most of them are useless (IMHO).

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