I love my receiver, but I'm probably one of the laziest people in the world, which is why I'm hoping I just overlooked this.
I have my PS3 hooked up via optical input 1 and my 360 into optical input 2. I can't figure out a way to switch between the two inputs aside from manually pressing the 'digital input' button on the front of the receiver, which has been a big problem for my laziness.
Is there really no remote operation for this? I'd hate to go spend $100 on an optical switcher for my receiver, but it's driving me nuts.
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Re: Switching digital inputs with a remote?
The default assignments for the digital INPUTs to Source names are:
If you have never changed them you should be able to select the PS3 by choosing Video2 and the 360 by choosing CD.
Or you could go into the setup routine on Page 33 of the manual and assign each digital input to a different 'function' that works better for you.
By the way, if you have the choice of coaxial vs optical cables on a given device the cheaper, longer and least sensitive-to-dirt-and-damage choice is coaxial - plain RCA cables. You can even extend them with Male-Female extender cables or split them with Y-cables for sharing one port with two devices or one device feeding two other devices (example: Cable Box-to-TV-and-Receiver). Just don't have two sources feeding one input turned on at the same time or they'll interfere with each other. Try that with optical cables.
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If everything is connected correct, the only thing I can think of, is you don't put in a surround signal. If you only feed 2 way stereo, only two speaker will work. Also if you switch to stereo, the other channels will stop working. Check the cables, the settings and the input.
I would change your setting on your receiver to digital. its probably on analog. look for a button that says that. You might have to change your input have a look at the rear and see if it says, DVD optical or CD and choose that input.
The Denon apparently has an automatic selector to choose the digital input over the analog input if both are present (my Pioneer does this). The random switching is telling you the digital input is intermittently dropping out and coming back. You don't say if you're using the optical or coaxial digital interface. Coaxial is less prone to connection problems. If you use optical, make sure the ends are clicked in and there are no small radius bends in the cable. Tight curves reduce the optical power. Either way, check the connections and wiggle them to see if you can cause the problem to return.
A little more information about the make and model of your amplifier would make it much easier to tell you exactly what button where to press on your amplifier.
But I am sure I can point you in the right direction.
Analog only means that although you have connected your DVD player or Settop box to your amplifier on the digital coaxial input you have not yet setup all that needs to be setup.
Start by checking that you have enabled the digital coaxial output on you DVD player. You can set the following if it is available: 1: Select your Digital output to ON 2: Dolby Digital setting must be Dolby digital 3: MPEG switched to MPEG, not PCM 4: Select 96Khz/24bit or higher data transfer on coaxial cable. Note - all these setting might not be available depending on the manufacturer.
Now you will already know the input switching on the amplifier - so select DVD.
Now to activate the coaxial port you must look for a button named "input mode" either on the amplifier itself or on the remote.
Hi, as the Onkyo receiver you have does not have HDMI switching, the only thing it will do for you with a Blu-Ray player is process the audio signals. The video from the BR player will have to go directly to an HDMI input of your hi def TV. In this case, either Sony or Panasonic BR player will be equal. Assuming you keep the Onkyo unit you have, you would want to use the optical digital output from the BR player as the audio source into one of the optical, digital audio inputs on the Onkyo. In an ideal world, your receiver would some that does do HDMI switching. This way, all the audio and video signals from any audio or video source would be automatically switched and channeled through 1 simple HDMI cable into your hi def TV. This will make you life simpler as ther would be no need to select an appropriate input on the TV, as well as one on the receiver. That said, buying a new receiver in addition to a BR player is more costly. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
I also had the same problem when using my optical output for DBS and DIGITAL DVR/DVD.. you need to change the setting for this by on the remote changing to either analouge..rca sound input or Digital...for Optical input. The same problem cuaght me oput for a long time as well. The button is when you slide down the remote cover and the button is called analoug /digital