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Connecting media center to receiver

I'm connecting my media center to this receiver with a optical digital audio cable, but I'm only getting sound out of 2 speakers. I ran the MACC surround setup and the speakers are all connected correctly.

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  • Hanick Jan 05, 2009

    I have the audio cables from the cable box going to an auxiliary input and the video going to the tv. You could use DVD or CD or any of the inputs. I have a DVD player in my media center, so I use the DVD inputs, and turn that on for cable audio.

  • cindy_spitle May 11, 2010

    Would you mind sharing w/ me how you hooked up your cable box and tv to your pioneer receiver? Bought my husband this receiver for Christmas and we cannot get the speakers to work. The MACC gives an error message and there is no indication that the receiver is getting any signals.

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Hey there,

Okay let me start with your pc setup. What type of sound card are you using? Are you using onboard? You have to check and see if the sound card or device you are using supports SPDIF passthrough. Basically this does just what it says...passes the surround sound signal through your hardware with no onboard decoding and uses the decoder found on your stereo. I use a soundblaster Audigy and i had to enable passthrough in the audio console. I also had to enable spdif as my default audio playback device. This is in Windows Vista. You also need to go into properties and set the formats your receiver supports. Once that is complete you need to adjust the audio settings in media center and select toslink as your audio output and select 5.1 audio.

Things should work now...BUT...you will only get surround sound audio when watching a source that has dolby 5.1 or DTS. You will not get surround sound in games =( When i watch ota hd shows that have dolby audio, the blue light kicks on in my receiver and i get 5.1 audio. Same goes for watching DVD's. I hope this helps you out

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  • aaron jones Mar 01, 2009

    Hey there,



    Okay let me start with your pc setup. What type of sound card are you using? Are you using onboard? You have to check and see if the sound card or device you are using supports SPDIF passthrough. Basically this does just what it says...passes the surround sound signal through your hardware with no onboard decoding and uses the decoder found on your stereo. I use a soundblaster Audigy and i had to enable passthrough in the audio console. I also had to enable spdif as my default audio playback device. This is in Windows Vista. You also need to go into properties and set the formats your receiver supports. Once that is complete you need to adjust the audio settings in media center.



    Things should work now...BUT...you will only get surround sound audio when watching a source that has dolby 5.1 or DTS. You will not get surround sound in games =( When i watch ota hd shows that have dolby audio, the blue light kicks on in my receiver and i get 5.1 audio. Same goes for watching DVD's. I hope this helps you out

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