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Surround sound playback problem

I'm not sure where to begin with the problem. It seems to be reproducible, but it's a little inconsistent at the same time. The problem is that the DVD player consistently (3 to 4 times in a row now, different DVD's) loses the ability to output the surround sound correctly. It's almost as if the background sounds switch with the foreground sounds so you lose the dialogue but door slams, birds chirping, and cars driving by become way too loud. Sometimes it happens a few minutes into the DVD, other times a few hours.

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Re: Surround sound playback problem

1. do a hard reset to factory settings.
2. do a surround sound test to make sure all sounds are coming to all speakers properly
3. check the cable from the main unit to the sub for any obvious problems. ie. plugged in securely etc etc.

it sounds like the cable from the main unit to the sub is faulty

good luck


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Hi how do I get surround sound coming from my tv

A Samsung home theatre system can make watching movies at home like going to the theater. Proper setup is essential to get the full benefit of the Samsung system, which is available in 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround sound configurations.
Typically the final step in setting up any home theater is connecting your TV to your system.
Like most home theatre systems, your Samsung home theater receiver will allow you to plug all of your components into it, meaning you only have to run a few cables to connect your television to your system.
Make sure your playback devices are properly connected to your receiver.
Whatever playback devices you use, make sure they are plugged into the appropriate inputs on your receiver.
DVD and Blu-ray players, satellite boxes and cable boxes should all be plugged into video inputs, and CD players should be plugged into audio inputs.
Your receiver will have labels on the back panel indicating into which input you should plug your devices.

Connect the video out to your TV's video input. Make sure you use the correct cable to make the connection. For newer receivers, the connection will likely be either HDMI or component.
If your receiver has an HDMI output, use an HDMI cable to connect the receiver to the HDMI input on your TV.
If your receiver uses a component output, use a component cable to connect your receiver to the component input on your TV.

Connect the audio output of your TV to one of the audio inputs on your Samsung receiver if you want to output your television's audio through your home theatre system.
Most recent TVs will either use an optical cable or a digital coaxial cable to connect to the receiver, allowing you 5.1 channel surround from your television.
If you have an older set, you will likely have to use standard RCA cables.

Turn on your receiver and press the "Setup/Menu" button on your receiver's remote.
When "Input" appears on the display, press the right arrow key on your remote to select TV from the list.

After selecting TV, press the up or down arrow keys on your remote to select the audio input jack into which you have plugged your TV's audio cable.
Press the "Exit" button on your remote to exit the setup menu and lock in the settings.

Samsung home theatre system owners guide download
If you're not an electronics junkie, hooking up your surround sound can seem daunting.
There are so many wires and settings that it's understandable why some people might rather pay someone else to do it for them.
But you can do it yourself as long as you make sure the speakers are positioned correctly; the wires are not only plugged in all the way, but plugged into the right places; and the settings on your television and amplifier are set up correctly.

Check to make sure your surround-sound speakers are correctly installed.
Locate the test function on your surround-sound remote control or amplifier panel to do this.
You will know your speakers are hooked up if sound comes out of each speaker during the test.
Make sure your audio cables are hooked up properly.
Make sure the audio cables running from your television to your amplifier are plugged in correctly. The red and white wires should be plugged into the "Audio Out" spot on the back of your television.
Those same red and white audio wires should be plugged into one of the "Audio Input" spaces on the back of your amplifier.

Turn on your television.
Locate the "Menu" button on either your television remote or your television set.
Scroll through your options until you find "Audio Mode" or a similar naming convention.
Select it.
Scroll through your options until you find "Digital Audio Out," or a similar naming convention. Choose it.
Scroll through your options until you find "Dolby Digital Out." Select that option.
Power your surround-sound system on.
Make sure you have the correct audio input selected.
After the correct audio input is selected, make sure you actually have the Dolby Digital aspect of your surround sound system turned on.
The default for most surround-sound systems is the standard two-channel, stereo output.
Set up a home theater

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Someone is trying to sell me a Panasonic Home Theater system SC-HT900 from year 2005 for $200.00 Is it a good system, is it also good for listening to classic and jazz or just for movies? how is the CD...

here it is some tech info is a fair price for 2.hand unit...
as ebay has the similar seems to be a good deal...

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Product Features and Technical Details
  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS-decoding home theater receiver with 5 speakers and a powered subwoofer
  • 35 watts per channel x 4 "tallboy" speakers, 140 watts for the center channel, and 150 watts for the subwoofer
  • High-resolution DVD-Audio playback; JPEG, MP3, and WMA CD playback
  • Magnetic shielding for distortion-free placement near a TV or computer monitor
  • Includes digital FM/AM tuner and a universal remote control
Technical Details
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: SC-HT900
  • Output Wattage: 390
  • Component Type: Home theater system
  • Audio Output Mode: Surround Sound
  • Surround Sound Effects: Super Surround Sound
  • DVD Type: DVD changer
  • Built In Decoder: Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, DTS decoder
  • Remote Control Description: Universal remote control
  • Optical Digital Input: Yes
  • Audio Input: None
  • Tuner Technology: Digital
  • Radio Bands Supported: AM/FM

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How do I get the C5 Subwoofer to activate?

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** There are exceptions in the operation mentioned
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# Pro Logic II Movie (MOVIE)
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# Pro Logic II Music (MUSIC)
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# DTS Digital Surround*2

Used to reproduce multichannel soundtracks of the software

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You should have a AUDIO menu in which you can simulate true surround sound. This should be in your owners manual. Your DVD is recorded in dolby surround sound that's why on your set it will be reproduced as recorded. I hope Samsung is using a ATSC tuner in that model?

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