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My dad has a 7.1 home theater speaker system, and I've toyed with the STR-DE897 receiver to get all of the channels to work, but I can only get the 5.1 to work, any idea how to get the 7.1 to work?

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It needs to be encoded on the media such as a DVD movie or CD - it should say 7.1 surround recorded. I'm assuming you have all seven speakers and sub-woofer hooked up, too?

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