Thank you for the info.
i didnt know that about my tv, the down mixing.
i dont have the option to use a coax or toslink for my 360 yet. ill have to stop by the mall and pick up xbox's component cable
because it is the only way to have the option for a optical out.my other option for digital out of the 360 is hmdi but since my receiver only supports hdmi pass through its just going to get down mixed when it leaves the tv to go back to the receiver. why they didnt make a dedicated toslink out port, i dont know.
the ps3 on the other hand does have a dedicated optical out port. so i did what you told me.
i started with my ps3
ps3 out via toslink to the optical BD (bluray disk) in port.
i have clear crisp video and i have sound but,
when navigating the ps3 main menu it seems that the digital signal comes and goes according to when the ps3 produces sound.
what i mean is when i press left or right to navigate the ps3 main menu there is a small chime. its an ascetics thing. the display on my receiver will light up telling me sound is now being sent to speaker. when the sound has stopped the display will show me that no sound is being sent to any speakers. this is fine. my problem is that in between sending and not sending sound to the receiver there is a popping sound.
i really cant speak about this in an intelligent way sorry.
a better example is when i have the cable box hooked up via toslink. when switching channels in between the time it takes to go from one channel to the other i get the popping sound too. not every time though and the display on the receiver does what i said before. it tells me sound is going to the receiver when i have it on a channel and when i change the channel for a split second it says no sound is going to the receiver. when i stop on a channel the sound returns but with a terrible pop or crack.
any idea what can be done?