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Choosing audio & speaker settings on bd player for soundbar with subwoofer

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by bgart13, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. bgart13

    bgart13 Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully this will be a short, simple thread. I just got a Philips soundbar and am unsure of the settings I should be using with my blu-ray player (Sherwood bdp-5004). Do I turn on all of the speaker options on the player (front, center, surrounds, and subwoofer)? Or do I just select the front speakers & the subwoofer? Or...? And, the subwoofer has a range of 20-150 Hz, and the player allows me to choose a setting of 80, 100, or 120 Hz -- what's best for this arrangement? As far as audio settings go, should I leave the Digital Output as PCM Stereo? Or, would I be better off choosing Bitstream Mixed, Bitstream HD, Bitstream Legacy, PCM 5.1 or PCM 7.1? I've checked the manual, but that was as helpful as me asking my dog... :rolleyes: Thanks well in advance! Ben
     
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    Since it is a soundbar, send everything to it PCM downmix. It will divy up the 2.0 content as it sees fit.
     
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    Unless the soundbar is one of the few with discrete channel inputs. If it is, let us know.
     
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    I do not believe it has discrete channel inputs. It's a Philips CSS2123B/F7, btw.
     
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    From the manual: On other devices such as DVD player or Bluray player, Select ‘PCM’ (PCM) from the audio output of the device.
     
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    Well, right. But in the case of my bdp, the options are PCM stereo, PCM 5.1, and PCM 7.1. I know it's not a true surround system, but does it matter which setting I put my player at to "help" the soundbar work "better?"
     
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    Any ideas about the others questions I had too?
     
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    In emailing with someone at Sherwood, it was highly suggested I leave the audio setting at Bitstream Mixed. He also stated that the speaker settings wouldn't matter much - but I'm not sure why.
     

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