Pioneer 656 multi region and SACD surround problem

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  1. wbyeats

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    Hi guys,


    I have the Pioneer 656A european version that is capable of reading
    SACD. About a year ago I found on the net a hack to use with Palm or
    other programmable remote device to make it region free. The hack went
    successfully and the player was region free giving me the chance to see
    US DVDs.


    I only have had a stereo system so I never encountered any error on
    this procedure. Some time ago I made a test connecting 2 amps with 2
    pair of speakers to see how would it be in multichannel. With DVD I got
    no problem at all. But with the pair of multichannel SACDs I had I
    realized that almost no sound was going out from rear channels. I
    checked all the settings but everything looked fine. I thought maybe
    these few sacds I have didn't have so much sound on the surround and I
    didn't investigate further.


    Now I'm finally building a multichannel speakers and surfing the net I
    found some time another user had a problem similar to mine. He tested
    it with the same SACD (Dark Side of the moon) and he also haven't got
    almost no sound from surrounds channel. After some posts and
    investigation he realized that he made it hacking by a company (that
    probably used the same system I did hacking it via palm).


    I'm trying to check to see if any other of you have Pioneer 656A region
    free and had/have a similar problem with multichannel SACDs. Does any
    of you succesfully solved the problem? Do you know any way to do roll
    back?


    Please let me know. Thanks!


    mario
     
  2. Maki

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    Stupid question I know, but have you set the player uip in Initial Settings to playback Multi Channel SACD? It is easily missed... did it myself. When you make this setting you will get surround sound if it is there and only Stereo if it is all there is.
     
  3. wbyeats

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    Yep, I checked all the settings. I set on multichannel and to reproduce SACD layer, not CD. I also connected the DVD to the amp via analog output, not digital, so I don't think anything is missing.

    I'm pretty sure is some kind of problem that occurred after hacking it. It's a pity I didn't have the chance to test it before hacking. But it also look strange that I can't find no one else that had the same problem as myself (except a guy in Uk that posted a similar problem in a ng some time ago but that I couldn't have the chance to contact.

    Thanks!

    mario
     
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    Could be disc incompatibility, unlikely though. I've only had one DVD A refuse to play correctly. It seems you need to get the player back to factory settings and then see where you are. After that get a proper Multi Region mod, or even buy a new player!
     
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    Do you know how can I get back to factory settings?
    Thanks!!

    bye mario
     
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    How have you got the player connected to the amps? As to get the full benefit of the mutlichannels you have to connect all the audio outs on the DVD to the 5.1 channel inputs on the amp..
     
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    I have connected the 5.1 analog output of the DVD. I only used the 2 front and the 2 rear as I only had 2 stereo amps, but I don't think that's the problem. Anyway I used the analog out and not the digital.

    Thanks

    mario
     

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