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Re: no sound when using 6 channel analog inputs
2 potential issues, first make sure the dvd player audio menu setup is set correct for 5.1 outputs, not DTS or Dolby Digital bitstream, can be difficult but read the user manual under sound options if possible, second be sure the receiver is set to act as the "amplifier only setting " i.e. DVD 6 channel input, maybe EXT IN , not sure what pioneers mode is, but all you need to follow is the dvd player is outputing 6 channel signal paths, and the receiver is acting as six amps, unless of couse you are using a subwoofer line out.
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Second, DVD 6 CH INPUT is analog so how would the device KNOW if all 6 channels are present? ONLY a device with the required 6 analog channels should be connected there. That input typically bypasses ALL internal digital processing.
Elaborate more on the digital source(s) that are failing and assure us you have looked at/exhausted what the manual says for setting them up.
I have a Marantz 7.1 AV receiver (sr5500) and I run a 5.1 set up for home theatre and use the 2 extra channels to run a pair of outdoor stereo speakers... When I first set it up I also found I could not get a digital signal output, only analog, after reading the manual(!) I discovered that it can only output an analog signal...so I have used the phono outputs on my blu-ray player into the CD input of the AV amp and play CDs outside through this and it also outputs the optical digital signal into the AV amp through the DVD input...my iPod also plays through a dock and it's analog output to the speakers outside through another (CD-R) anolog input on the amp... Hope this helps
not much info, use the 3 colour RCA cables that usallly come with your DVD player, they will be white/red (sound) and yellow (video) plug these between the outputs on the DVD player to a spare input on the tv or amplifler input, recommend using the DVD input. This should be all that is needed, if it is a dvd recorder you will need to have this in the loop of the areial, so it would go >wall socket>digital settop box( DVB box/HD/SD tuner)>DVD/dvd recoder>VCR>TV(if you want to retain older analog channels, hope this helps
using the Y adapter method (i am guessing you are using just a single stereo mini-jack cable with a mini-jack to RCA adapter) you are only sending a standard Stereo signal to the receiver. Setting 5.1 in windows is just simulating (if using Stereo) or actually mixing 5.1 if you are using analog 5.1 (3 stereo mini-jack cables going to 3 mini-jack to RCA adapters using a 6 channel DVD input). if you have a surround sound audio card i suggest using the Analog 6 channel input by using 3 stereo cables each with their only adapter.
or, if you have a Digital output (Coaxial or TOSlink [optical]) try using that.
The internal equaliser working with digital inputs is already incorporated into the receiver. You can access it through MAIN MENU. An external equaliser, I assume for analog inputs, should be connected between corresponding receiver multichanel (7.1) inputs and the source (ie DVD player's) analog outputs.
The digital output of you source can still be connected directly to the receiver using digital cables.
This definitely sounds like a circuit board-level issue. Have you tried moving to a different input set (i.e. if you're now on the TV inputs, try the DVD or AUX inputs for both video and sound)? Just to rule out the obvious, have you made sure that it's the receiver and not the DVD player? I know that you said you powered down the receiver, but if you had turned it off by pulling the plug on the surge suppressor and your DVD player is in the same suppressor, you might want to make sure it's the receiver and not the DVD player.
If you're sure that it's the receiver, then you might want to look into taking it to a Pioneer service center to have it repaired. If it's not worth the cost to you, it might be time to be looking into a new receiver.
Receivers generally cannot or will not convert from one input type to a different output. That's not to say there may not be some high end models around that do that.
I have this receiver and have it setup as follows. Monitor out Component, S-Video, and the Composite video channel (since I have surround sound I have no interest in getting audio to the TV since I keep its speakers off anyways) to their different inputs on the TV. Warning on some TV's if you plug in S-Video you cannot then use composite on that same input channel as it will override and disable the composite. Then you only need to choose the appropriate input on the TV when you switch sources. In my case Tivo is S-Video, DVD is component, and most of my older video games and VCR are composite.
Having a TV that allows you to change the labels for the input channels is helpful with teaching others that may be less adept, or a snazzy remote that you can program to do everything at once.