The surround sound will not work on the blue ray player or anything else as we found that the receiver is not HDMI audio cabable. spent a ton of money on additional cables to try and get it to work. can we make it work? thanks, Deb
It will work easily. One way you can do this is to use a fiber optic cable coming from the PS3 to the receiver. 2nd way, and this is the way that I run mine is to run the PS3 to your tv, and then run a fiber optic from your tv(if it is a lcd or plasma you should have this) to your receiver.
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you reseiver is now in stereo mod that's why there is no surround and center. its some thing related to to the setting in the receiver or in the blue ray.
Settings in blue ray player
First of all check the audio settings in your blue ray players audio setting.
You didn't mentioned the brand of your blue ray player. Anyway go to its setup and set the audio output priority as HDMI. also turn OFF the DRC if its a sony blue ray player. Also check the down mixing setting make it satandard
Settings in receiver.
First of all check the surround settings.
Play a blue ray disk and press the STANDARD button o the receiver's remote and select STANDARD mode.
If you didn't get the surround channels follow the below procedure
Now go to the setup of your receiver.
1. Using the down arrow go to theAdvanced play back and press enter.
2. In the Advanced playback menu select auto surround mode and press enter
3. Select it ON using right arrow or left arrow. and press enter
4. Exit the setup and check is every thing working fine.
If dosn't work Again go to the setup of the receiver
1. Using down arrow select Speaker setup and press enter
2. In the speaker setup menu select speaker configuration and press enter
3. Check the status of all the speaker, if any speaker is in NONE position , make it LARGE or SMALLaccording to the speaker you are using.
Exit setup and check again.
If you need any more assistance feel free to contact me through fixya.
Depending on if your surround system has a hdmi input or not. if it does you can connect the blu-ray player to it. If it doesn't have an hdmi input you will have to run the hdmi cable from the blu-ray to the tv then run a set of rca cables (red and white plugs) from the tv audio out to the surround systems' audio input jacks to get sound through the surround system. Most surround systems don't have an auxiliary input for another video device.
It is not necessarily what features you have to look for, it is what connections you need to look for. Most blu ray players have the hdmi ports. On my blue ray I found it and it has the fiber optic end. I have used that and to me it sound just as good.
Hello, it sounds to me like the receiver doesn't support the sound format being sent from the blu-ray player. This is because the blu-ray disc would have HD encoded sound such as DTS HD Master Audio or Dolby True HD. Most receivers have not been fitted with these sound formats untill quite recently. The reason for the menu sound playing correctly would be for the PCM (Pulse-code Modulation) which sends simple two channel digital sound supported by all digital receivers. It may be possible to use Dolby Pro Logic or similar formats to give a surround feel, but the only way to get true surround sound in this way would be decode the sound externally and input it through several phono cables into the multichannel input, however blu-ray sound comes in 7.1 so the receiver would need to be able to accept this to get the full effect. If it is possible, see if the blu-ray player will allow downsampling to a surround sound format that your receiver can accept such as Dolby Digital or DTS. Hope this helps.
The best possible solution to your problem is :
Connect your blu ray player directly to the HDMI input of you Plasma and watch HD video....
and connect the 5.1/7.1 sound thru the optical or the coaxial link directly to your AVR 3805.
You will not loose anything on the Blu-Ray.
The sound is best processsed by the AVR3805, while the video, which is the real upgrade (BluRay) in terms of resolution of picture would be processed by your plasma.
What is happening is the the pioneer is set up so that you can choose how you listen to your DVDs. So first you must see how your DVD is connected via the audio. I am fairly sure that the Default on the Pioneer is to play it through the standard stereo if all you have plugged in is the left and right audio plugs. If you buy an optical cable or a plug in the Digital Coax out put to the pioneer receiver, then the pioneer will decode the sound and out put true surround sound. Some DVD players don't have a digital out put, but these are the cheapest ones out there. If yours doesn't have a digital out put, then you need to get one that does. They can be purchased for as little as 39.00.
Okay lets assume you bought a DVD player with Digital out put for audio and you have it connected to the receiver. Now, you have to change the mode on your pioneer to let it know that your audio is coming in DIgital when you select the DVD. (Though this may already be the case and you won't have to do anything once you connect it.)