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Choppy and distorted sound during gameplay with an optical cable

So I bought an Optical Cable today for my PS3 and hooked it up to my Pioneer VSX-816 reciever for 5.1 surround sound (before today i was running HDMI to my TV and than from my TV I ran 2 AV cables to my surround sound which i just found out didnt give me HDMI sound since its routed to the reciever through AV cables).
I noticed something after literally 5 minutes of playing Battlefield Bad Company online and I ignored it but after an hour it was just getting annoying. Everytime alot of explosions or gun fire occured, the sound would get choppy or cut out for a split second. As little as a split second sounds, its still really annoying when Im hearing loud bangs and all of a sudden a chop in the sound or distortion.
My reciever is set to standard which means its allowing the PS3 to send the audio setting (dolby digital, DTS, etc.) It said it was set to DTS at first, so after I noticed the choppyness and distorted sound I went into the PS3 settings and switched DTS off and started playing again, and than it said it was set to Dolby Digital but I was still getting the chopping.
Ive got the PS3 setting set to Optical > Bitstream, and I have AAC, Dolby Digital, and DTS checked off because my reciever supports them. What could be the problem?

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  • redz101 Jul 10, 2008

    I think you may have been right about it being my internet lagging. Because I just tried Single Player and it sounded fine. and also when playing a DVD it sounds better than ever.

    Thank you for the tip!!!

    Is there anything I can do to see my wireless connection strength, and is there anything I can do to boost it from my router to my PS3 since its on the opposite side of the house?

  • redz101 Jul 11, 2008

    Too bad my Pioneer VSX-816 reciever doesnt have HDMI inputs, guess its too old. Time for an upgrade, aye? lol. Maybe when I move out to college Ill be a little smarter in choosing a reciever.

    Anyhow, I guess it is just a Bad Company issue, or an internet conenction issue... I checked my signal strength and it was at 48%, so its possible im getting the chopping from the wireless signal



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I too have a Pioneer AV Receiver and encountered the same issue.. as far as I can tell, the only difference between your setup and mine is the wiring. I have my PS3 directly linked to my receiver via HDMI and then a monitor out (HMDI) from Pioneer to my TV.You mentioned the PS3 setting for DTS and Dolby Digital, I too unchecked the DTS option, as BF: Bad Company seems to be coded with Dolby Digital. I figured it was best to run the format they were made the game with. It seems I dont get the audio glitch anymore. EA may have possibly patched the issue as well. I know my friends that encountered the same issue have not been complaining as of late. The only issue that seems to remain is my BluTooth stability in the game.. it seems to flake out after 10 mins or so even with the correct ports forwarded for VoIP. I suppose that issue is for another page though.. thats my 2 cents!

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Check your pioneer unit settings, the ps3 settings are correct, and make sure you unplugged the audio cables. It sounds like a bad signal somewhere, which would cause the speakers to clip and distort. Make sure all of your surround sound speakers have a good connection if they have single wire runs to them and not a audio plug in them and there are not broken wires, or wires touching.

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  • chad graves Jul 10, 2008

    also check if it does it without playing online, if it doesnt chop when your playing the game without being online, its your internet lagging.

  • chad graves Jul 10, 2008

    Not that i know of I have looked for it myself and couldnt find it anywhere. You could always add a wireless range extender.



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