Having sound trouble with Sony BDP-560 and Rotel RSP-1068

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  1. karl_burns

    karl_burns Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi everyone.
    I've seen so much great advice in this forum that I had to come here first when I recently came across a sound issue in my HT.

    Background:
    I have a perfectly (IMHO) performing home theater setup right now in my apartment. The equipment list is:
    Sony 60" DLP HDTV (Lots of light in my living room, so no plasma)
    Rotel RSP-1068 processor
    Rotel RMB-1075 amplifier
    Denon 2910 DVD Player
    Vienna Acoustics Mozart (main), Teatro (center), and Hadyn (surrounds)

    I'm running a 5 speaker set-up since I haven't gotten around to getting an SVS PSD-10 yet... Darned recession! I have a tube/tower in my larger apartment before moving to Manhattan..

    Anyway, I just purchased a Sony BDP-560 to start watching Blu-Ray Discs. I hooked the BDP to my TV with a Monster HDMI cable. I routed the sound to my RSP-1068 with a Monster optical cable. (I don't mind the complexity, and it keeps my HT cable costs low). Anyway, the surround sounds and effects are coming through my main speakers and all dialogue is VERY muffled to the point you almost cannot hear it. My DVDs play perfectly fine on the Denon player, so I think it's the BDP-560 causing this issue and not the RSP-1068. I will comment that my Denon DVD player sends sound signals to my RSP-1068 via analog signals since I plan on utilizing the SACD functionality most of the time with the Denon.
    Any ideas/suggestions on troubleshooting this sound issue?

    Thanks in advance.
    Karl
     
  2. Stephen Tu

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    Optical cable straight from Sony player to the Rotel?

    Please list all your settings under the Sony's "audio" section of the setup menu.
     
  3. DelRay

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    Sounds like a mixing problem with the Sony. 2 channel downmix? I'm not familiar with the Sony. BTW You can still use an optical cable with the Denon when watching movies, Video 1, Video 2, etc. On the Rotel. And the analog cables when listening to multichannel music ? I have a Marantz that Is connected optical for movies and analog cables when listening to music.
     
  4. karl_burns

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    DelRay:
    That is exactly what I do: use the analog cables for my music (since its SACD) and use an optical output for DVDs.

    Stephen:
    I will enter all the settings when I get home.

    Thanks for the quick responses.
    Karl
     
  5. karl_burns

    karl_burns Stunt Coordinator

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    Optical cable straight from Sony BDP-560 to Rotel RSP-1068.
    Audio settings on Sony BDP-560:
    Audio Output Priority: Coaxial/Optical
    Audio (HDMI): Auto
    BD Audio Setting: Direct
    Audio ATT: Off
    Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital
    DTS: DTS
    48kHz/96kHz PCM: 48kHz/16 bit
    Audio DRC: Auto
    Downmix: Dolby Surround

    Hope that helps pinpoint the issue.
    Thanks!
    Karl
     
  6. Stephen Tu

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    Settings seem correct. Try connecting Denon via optical also, compare using same DVDs in each, report any differences.
     
  7. karl_burns

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    Used Black Hawk Dwon DVD with the "Irene" scene.
    From the Denon, analog cables worked perfectly but the optical connection had the same issue.
    SO....
    The issue was my Rotel or the speakers.
    Spent an hour trying to toggle settings on my Rotel to no avail.
    Finally, in kindof a last ditch effort I sent test tones to all my speakers.
    Guess what: NO DIALOGUE SOUNDS BECAUSE OF A LOOSE SPEAKER CONNECTION!
    Amazing how a low-tech answer was what I needed.

    Thank you to Stephen for pointing me in the right direction.
    Karl
     

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