RE: Audio output on the Sony BDP-S350

wezza13

Member
Hey all,

I have this player and I just bought a new 5.1 system (Sony DDWG800) and am wondering whether or not I am outputting DolbyTrueHD 5.1 into my amp correctly.

What should it show on the amps display? And what should the players audio settings be set to?

The Discs I have to test out are:-

Dolby TrueHD Tracks:
I Am Legend and Batman Begins

English PCM 5.1:
Casino Royale and Bladerunner The Final Cut

and also Hellboy 2 which has the English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (which I believe will output as 5.1 as my 350 doesn't output DTS-MA, am I right?)

Any ideas what my TrueHD discs and English PCM 5.1 should be showing then when I test them out?

All help appreciated :)

P.S. I'm still not sure what the difference between PCM and normal 5.1 is :S
 

kingfats

Distinguished Member
Hey all,

I have this player and I just bought a new 5.1 system (Sony DDWG800) and am wondering whether or not I am outputting DolbyTrueHD 5.1 into my amp correctly.

What should it show on the amps display? And what should the players audio settings be set to?

The Discs I have to test out are:-

Dolby TrueHD Tracks:
I Am Legend and Batman Begins

English PCM 5.1:
Casino Royale and Bladerunner The Final Cut

and also Hellboy 2 which has the English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (which I believe will output as 5.1 as my 350 doesn't output DTS-MA, am I right?)

Any ideas what my TrueHD discs and English PCM 5.1 should be showing then when I test them out?

All help appreciated :)

P.S. I'm still not sure what the difference between PCM and normal 5.1 is :S

Hi. :)
Set the player to BD Audio Direct :smashin: your amp accepts LPCM over HDMI this will give TrueHD (fully decoded) and the core track with DTS-MA (DTS 1.5Mbs) as the player cannot internally decode this soundtrack.
Will show as Multi-ch PCM or similar.
Good read on HD audio here.
 

wezza13

Member
Thanx for reply King.

Just wrote my current Audio Settings in the menu page and they are as follows:

Audio Output Priority -> HDMI
Audio(HDMI) -> Auto
BD Audio Setting -> Direct
Audio Att -> Off
Dolby Digital -> Dolby Digital (other option is Downmix PCM but not sure what that does)
DTS -> DTS
48khz/96khz PCM -> 48khz/16 bit
Audio DRC -> Auto
Downmix -> Dolby Surround


Not too sure if these are all set correctly.

By the way, just tested the Batman Begins BD, and with these current settings I get the following:-

When playing the TrueHD track it shows "PCM 48" on the receiver.

When playing Dolby Digital track it shows "BD" but when I pause then unpause it scrolls "Dolby Digital 3/2.1"

Does all this sound correct? Or do I need to switch some of the settings?
 

kingfats

Distinguished Member
Thanx for reply King.

Just wrote my current Audio Settings in the menu page and they are as follows:

Audio Output Priority -> HDMI
Audio(HDMI) -> Auto
BD Audio Setting -> Direct
Audio Att -> Off
Dolby Digital -> Dolby Digital (other option is Downmix PCM but not sure what that does)
DTS -> DTS
48khz/96khz PCM -> 48khz/16 bit
Audio DRC -> Auto
Downmix -> Dolby Surround


Not too sure if these are all set correctly.

By the way, just tested the Batman Begins BD, and with these current settings I get the following:-

When playing the TrueHD track it shows "PCM 48" on the receiver.

When playing Dolby Digital track it shows "BD" but when I pause then unpause it scrolls "Dolby Digital 3/2.1"

Does all this sound correct? Or do I need to switch some of the settings?

Yep all correct :thumbsup: maybe Audio DRC to Wide though if you use the player for DVD as well.
3/2.1 is actually 5.1 :) fronts centre surrounds and sub.
 

wezza13

Member
Does it have to be 1.3 to be able to play the TrueHD track?

Reason I ask is because when I was testing Batman Begins last night, I kept switching between the TrueHD and DD tracks and to my untrained ear, they sounded the same!
 

kingfats

Distinguished Member
Does it have to be 1.3 to be able to play the TrueHD track?

Reason I ask is because when I was testing Batman Begins last night, I kept switching between the TrueHD and DD tracks and to my untrained ear, they sounded the same!

No. :)
As long as the amp accepts Multi-ch PCM over HDMI then your good to go for HD audio. :thumbsup:
 

wezza13

Member
As long as the amp accepts Multi-ch PCM over HDMI then your good to go for HD audio. :thumbsup:

Cool :)

I take it that it does accept Multi chan PCM over hdmi then?

Also, and thanx for your quick replies King you're a legend ;) , would someone like me (noob!) be able to pick out the differences in TrueHD and DD anyway?
 

kingfats

Distinguished Member
Cool :)

I take it that it does accept Multi chan PCM over hdmi then?

Also, and thanx for your quick replies King you're a legend ;) , would someone like me (noob!) be able to pick out the differences in TrueHD and DD anyway?

Yes it does :smashin: and your welcome no worries.
Differences between TrueHD and DD? :D depending on the track it can be close,put it this way...........it's not a night and day difference to be honest mate.
 

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