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Display while playing movies

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My receiver displays Multi-Ch PCM while playing a blue-ray disc. I was expecting for it to say Dolby Digital or Dolby True HD or DTS, or something like that. Is this normal?

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Hi, no, this is not the normal display. It should indicate the digital sound format like DD or DTS, etc. If it is displaying PCM, this is probably due to the audio settings on your DVD player. Please provide your DVD make and model, and I will look to find the solution.

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