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PS3 to Receiver

by Scorpion0473 / June 4, 2008 10:52 PM PDT

I recently got a PS3 and trying to connect my old receiver to it. Here it how it is.
PS3 to TV via HDMI
PS3 to Receiver via Optical (Receiver does not have an HDMI)
I have configured the PS3 audio settings to include DTS and DD 5.1. But what happens is that when I play normal DVD with Surround Sound, I get surround sound output from PS3 but when I play BluRay DVD I get only PCM stereo and not surround sound. On both the occasions I played Black Hawk Down movie. My TV is a Sony Bravia and Receiver model is HT-DDW840 (bought in yr 2002). Can anyone please help me?
The picture is crystal clear 1080p though.
Thank you

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don't own one but
by bevillan / June 4, 2008 11:55 PM PDT
In reply to: PS3 to Receiver

I don't own a PS3, but are there separate audio setting menus for DVD and Blu-ray playback? I'd think that if you don't tell the PS3 to output in PCM then it shouldn't if you select a DD or DTS track for Blu-ray movies.

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Yeah separate settings for BLurays and DVD
by gretzkyv99 / June 5, 2008 12:58 AM PDT
In reply to: don't own one but

Check to see if you are in Linear Pcm or Bitstream, switching from one to other sometimes fixes it.

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For optical audio...
by stuntman_mike / June 5, 2008 4:01 AM PDT
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make sure that the audio under BD/DVD settings is on Bitstream and not PCM. Optical audio will only do 2 channel PCM, not 5.1/7.1 like HDMI.

The second thing is to make sure that when you are watching a Blu-ray that you select the appropriate audio track on the disc via the audio button on the remote, or the setup from the movies main menu. BDs sometimes default to the uncompressed PCM track. If you play the PCM 5.1/7.1 through your setup, you will get only 2 channel PCM as I said before.

Select either the Dolby 5.1 or DTS 5.1 tracks. Or you can select the Dolby HD or DTS MA HD tracks and you will still get the core Dolby D or DTS 5.1 out of it.

That should solve your problem.

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It did solve the problem... :-))
by Scorpion0473 / June 5, 2008 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: For optical audio...

Thanks you so much for your suggestion.After I changed the Linear to Bitstream and it is now decoding properly. Now the channel is fully in 5.1 and enjoying it.Thanks for the others also for their suggestion. My firmware is 2.20

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by HatecrewDr / June 5, 2008 6:51 AM PDT
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Do you have the latest firmware update? There are certain things the PS3 does and doesn't support right out of the box.

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Help with an older receiver
by gkulik / January 7, 2010 3:53 AM PST
In reply to: Firmware?

I know this thread is old, but it looks like Scorpion has a setup very similar to mine. A PS3 connected to a Sony Bravia TV. The TV is connected to an older receiver with an optical cable.

All my blu rays play in stereo. I need to double check that everything is set to bitstream. Would an older receiver have a bitstream/PCM option? Also, if a blu ray does not have a standard def audio 5.1 or DTS option (only HD audio) would I get any surround or does it always default to stereo.

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older receiver
by bearvp / January 7, 2010 5:41 AM PST

Your Bravia might not output in DD/DTS5.1 via optical, just stereo. I forget, but can't you hook up your PS3 with HDMI to your TV and optical cable from your PS3 to your receiver? I know on my Sony SXRD HDTV the optical output on my TV will output in DD5.1, so maybe yours can too. Also, if you set your PS3 to Linear PCM with your setup, you are probably only going to get stereo PCM output via the optical cable.

If a Blu-ray does not have the option for standard DD5.1 or DTS and just has TrueHD or DTS-MA, the Blu-ray player should output the regular DD5.1/DTS signal. On the PS3, just have it run an auto-configuration for your sound capabilities of your system and let the PS3 handle what it sends to your receiver.

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Getting closer
by gkulik / January 7, 2010 6:00 AM PST
In reply to: older receiver

Regular DVDs, my Roku box and TV through my HD antenna all come in DD5.1. I only have trouble with Blu ray. I will try connecting the optical cable from PS3 into the receiver and see what happens. However this will mean sacrificing DD5.1 through my antenna. My receiver has only one optical input.

If my receiver is set to Pro Logic II and the incoming audio was DD5.1, what would happen? Would all the sounds get routed to the proper channels?

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by bearvp / January 7, 2010 6:37 AM PST
In reply to: Getting closer

Hmm, well then your TV sounds like it should be able to trasmit the DD5.1/DTS sound to your receiver. This sounds like an issue with the PS3 audio settings. The PS3 audio settings are pretty deep so just double check all the settings. Like you said, put it on "Bitstream" and maybe re-run the auto configuration tool again to detect all the sound modes your system can handle.

As for the Pro Logic II question, it depends on the receiver. Some receivers are made to automatically detect the native 5.1 signals and switch over to them even if they currently are set on a two channel setting. If your receiver is on bitstream, it should display what sound mode it is sending to your speakers though.

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Help with older receiver
by Dan Filice / January 7, 2010 6:13 AM PST

You state that your TV is connected to an older receiver with an optical cable. Does this mean that you have your BR player's audio cable connected to the TV first, then from the TV to your receiver? If so, this could be your problem. Connect the BR player audio directly to the reciver via Optical so the receiver can process the 5.1 correctly, and connect the BR player's HDMI to your TV for video and audio.

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and yeah...
by bearvp / January 7, 2010 6:50 AM PST

If what I suggested doesn't work, try going straight from the PS3 to your receiver with the audio cable. Then you can at least double check to make sure your PS3 audio settings are correct.

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by gkulik / January 7, 2010 8:39 AM PST
In reply to: and yeah...

I dug a bit deeper into the manual PS3 sound settings. None of the 5.1 modes were checked. I got some blu rays coming from Netflix to test out tomorrow, but I bet that was all I needed to do.

Thanks guys!

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