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Loving the HD tv...have noticed a problem with my surround sound though. My kenwood amp auto sense's dolby digital 5.1 and some BD do work in DD 5.1 but most don't. It says DD5.1 on the package and the alternate languages always come up in DD 5.1. But english versions seem to be in dolby tru surround and my amp auto switch's to 3 speaker stereo when I start the BD. When I switch to spanish or french the 5.1 comes on and I have surround sound fine. Have you seen this before and is there any fix short of spending alot more money?

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  • perkman779 Mar 17, 2011

    the BD package has the dolby digital logo on it as well as the dolbytrusurround logo....and the amp is working fine with all othe source's switching to and from surround as it decodes the source signal. Why dont the Blue disks always use one or the othe...why doesn't the package say English track only in trusurround? And do newer surround amps sense both? Or will I have to choose one or the other and always have to guess as to wether or not I will have a form of surround sound with tonights movie

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Your A/V Receiver must have the decoders for the source on the BD and for the newest audio surround sound you should be using a HDMI cable to the A/V receiver because the SPDIF optical or digital coaxial cannot handle the Dolby TrueHD and other newest codecs. Probably you are getting the down-converted audio because of this.

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