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Sky+ 5.1 Surround Sound Issue

Discussion in 'Sky Digital TV Forum' started by Dizagaox, May 1, 2005.

  1. Dizagaox

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    Hi,

    I have a SC-HT900, and have got Sky+ connected through the optical wire. From my understanding, only Sky Movies 1, 2, 3 and Disney have the 5.1 capabilities.

    This is all good and all, however, the 5.1 channels come out very quiet, and it's hard to hear dialogue from time to time. However, the normal channels are fine.

    Does anyone know how to solve this?\

    Thank you.
     
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    Quite a few people comment on the lower volumes used by the DD soundtacks, nothing you can do about the source without increasing the volume on non DD channels.
    Simple workaround is to use your amps/TV's volume control or adjust the individual center channel volume to compensate and see if the extra volume doesn't make no DD audio objectionable.
     
  3. Nick_UK

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    I think it's more down to the decoder in the amp than settings used by Sky. A similar situation used to exist with Nicam transmissions which often appeared to be at a different volume than the mono transmissions.
     
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    You're right about those channels being the only ones to currently broadcast DD5.1

    And they definately come out quieter, much quieter.
     
  5. Dizagaox

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    k, thanks. It's working better now, that i realised i had the DR thing on "Off" and not on "Standard".

    But it's still annoying, lol.
     
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    Can't say I've noticed any difference in volume between normal broadcasts and the DD5.1 broadcasts...
     
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    I don't subscribe to movies on sky+ but was planning on using optical lead still. Is it still worth doing?
     
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    No reason why not. Optical cables are cheap.
     
  9. AndyH

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    Yes, do it - I find a noticeable increase in quality with the optical out.
     
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    As the DACs in the Sky+ box are pretty dreadful, then you'll see a significant improvent by using the optical lead to bypass them. The optical lead will bypass the A-D stage in the amp also, giving a further improvement (assuming we're not talking about analogue direct stereo listening - and even then the optical out will still probably sound better).

    Digital direct from the Sky+ box to the AV amp is definitely the way forward - regardless of any other issues such as Dolby Digital.
     
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    I have it running on optical into my amp and it still impresses me when the amp switches auto to dd on the sky movies 1/2/3, but there is definately a decrease in volume, the dialogue is extremely quiet and the surround very loud, completely different mix to that of a dd dvd or dts dvd. I thnk it must be how sky sends it out. but still very good quality. especially the fact you can sky + it.
     

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