I have a Pioneer VSX-509S with 3 in optical hookups and 1 out, I have a JVC DR-MV7SU dvd recorder with 1 optical out.. My ? is that when I hook up my optical out to the receiver in and I assign it in the receiver setup I can only get sound from my 2 front speakers, I thought the optical would allow me to get 5.1 or am I thinking wrong.. Thanks for your time..
Thanks Berny, My book to my dvd recorder says,"Six channel digital suround sound via digital connection can be optained if your receiver is equipped with a digital muti-channel decoder" So it sounds like this receiver does not have a decoder cuz my other dvd player will not put out 5.1 unless the analog 5.1 hookups are made, so it looks like I need a newer unit..
Don't go changing your unit yet. That model Pioneer IS capable of decoding multi channel. It has a Dolby and DTS decoder.
What I meant by source is your source material. Your DVDs for example. If they are encoded in 5.1, you will get multi channel.
Just because you have a digital optical connection, if your source material is in mono or stereo only, your receiver will reproduce that.
If your other DVD player only puts out 5.1 through analog cables, you are probably doing something wrong. Does the other DVD player have digital output connnections? If it does, you need to go to the set-up menu of your DVD player and toggle on the digital output.
Thanks for clearing that up Berny, This reciver does a nice job, both of my dvd players have optical outputs, I set them on like pcm and bitstream settings in the settings menu, the same starwars movie will only have surround cuz it has 5.1 analog hookups, If I hooh up the optical cable only the the front speakers will work on either dvd units.. I have the optical settings asigned to the proper channels on the receiver..
Again, Thanks Berny, I looked in the manual and there is no auto set-up, Just coax and optical input settings..I am going to try and play with settings to see if I might have missed something. I'll let ya know if I find something..
Boy do I feel stupid.. Well Berny, I should have done the sound modes cuz it does work.. switched to standard mode and that kicks in the decoder, from there I can set advanced modes like musical, drama, action and expanded..Then I discovered the DPS modes like hall 1&2, jazz, theater 1&2. Hey man thanks for putting my nose on the trail, I have had this receiver for some time but just now got the bose system and 50" plasma tv so now I want to play.Should I upgrade receivers?? Hey man one other thing, is 5.1 analog hookups better than the optical hookups..
After hearing the negitives on bose here I wish I could, But check it out I walked into this store called K's merchanise and there was a price of $325 on AM6 series III's, I ask are you sure this price was right and the guy said yea cuz it was the last ones they had, well then he came out with an unopened box, well I went back the next day and they were $650 so not a bad deal..anywho this store was closing down and long story short I went back several months later and bought the floor model am6's minus one cube for $181 so I thought I would put them on ebay, Hey Berny what speakers do you recommend?? keep it reasonable like I said before I donot have a very large room.. Thanks Man..
Kinda depends what I get out of the Bose.. But I.ll geuss and say $500.. The cubes sound pretty good but the bass sucks, is there a reason you do not prefer bose?? Just asking cuz thats really the only ones I have looked at because I was told they sound the best.... Thakns Berny..
Thanks Bill, They do sound good for the size of room they are in and the price I got both am6 series III systems for ($507.00)I am very happy.Although the subs are a bit weak so I got my hands on an older but new in box sony sa-wm40 120 watt powered sub that has an input and an output now I have 10 cubes 2 bose subs and the sony sub.the system is really cool..