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PS3 Surround Sound issues

by shaefcke / February 9, 2008 11:48 PM PST

I currently own a 40gb PS3,a Harmon Kardon AVR 146 and a Samsung 56" Slim DLP. I have my PS3 run into the amp with an HDMI cable and another HDMI into my TV. When I switch the AMP to HDMI input it is not broadcasting in surround. I checked the settings on the PS3 and everything is set to HDMI, however, still no surround. Does anyone have any suggestions that might help me solve this problem? I appreciate the help.

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Try this
by Dan Filice / February 10, 2008 2:00 AM PST

What happens if you take the HDMI from the PS3 and plug it into your TV? If this works, then you have something setup wrong on your amp. If it doesn't work on your TV, then you don't have something setup correctly on your PS3. Don't forget that when you are in your setup PS3's setup menu for audio, and you select "HDMI", you need to keep scrolling to the right with the arrow button to get to the screen that allows you to save the changes.

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Must be the amp then
by shaefcke / February 10, 2008 2:51 AM PST
In reply to: Try this

When I plug directly into my TV I can watch blu ray's and play games with no problems. I guess that means I need to look into the amp a little more, I'm not sure what setting exactly to fix, but I will look into it more.

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by stewart norrie / February 10, 2008 7:18 AM PST

Run h.d.m.i. straight to the t.v. and then an optical cable from ps.3 to amp I dont like the idea of running vidio thru amp to t.v. Also sometimes amp will not pass thru a satellite or cable hi-def signal good luck steweee

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Good Stewee, but one issue
by Dan Filice / February 10, 2008 8:19 AM PST

A TV may not pass-through true 5.1 surround back through it's optical-out. Yes, you get audio, but is the receiver simply taking a stereo signal from the TV and doing a matrix to created a "processed" surround? Even though a TV may have an "Optical-out" connection doesn't mean it's passing through 5.1. It may only be passing through stereo through the Optical.

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Stewee said to run...
by stuntman_mike / February 11, 2008 12:53 AM PST

the optical from the PS3, not from the TV. The PS3 will send 5.1 from the optical while doing video from HDMI.

This is not the ideal set-up though. I don't know anything about your HK receiver but if it has the new HD codecs, you will not be able to take advantage of them without HDMI. Not to mention the 5.1 and 7.1 PCM tracks either.

See if tech support can help you.

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AVR issue
by GotMaul / July 6, 2008 8:58 AM PDT
In reply to: Stewee said to run...

If you have the AVR 146 - It does not cycle the HDMI audio at all through the PS3. You have to go with HDMI from the PS3 to AVR AND optical from PS3 to AVR as well. If you look at the fine print in the AVR- 146 users manual it says you might want to "consider" using an alternate source for audio.

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