Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




2397 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 549

Subscriber

Topic # 83232 12-May-2011 22:14
Send private message

We have just had to have our My Sky box replaced. I am looking at the audio settings that the Sky guy left us with on Sky's 'Audio & Language Settings' screen.

The Sky box is connected to an upper-market Sony AV receiver via an HDMI cable. The receiver is driving a 5.1 speaker arrangement.

The 'HDMI Digital Audio Output' setting has 'Dolby' or 'MPEG/PCM' options. The SPDIF Digital Audio Output setting has the same options. I am not at all sure what the best settings are and would welcome advice. Am I right in thinking that the SPDIF setting is irrelevant if we are using HDMI?

Create new topic
143 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 475213 28-May-2011 18:35
Send private message

Both HDMI and SPDIF carry digital audio so it wont matter which one you use. Choose Dolby digital so you can have 5.1 sound on TV3 and other channels that have 5.1 sound (dont have HDi so cant tell you which channels). MPEG/PCM is only stereo audio as far as I know but on most of the channels you dont have a choice.



2397 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 549

Subscriber

  Reply # 475313 29-May-2011 05:33
Send private message

mikelday: Both HDMI and SPDIF carry digital audio so it wont matter which one you use. Choose Dolby digital so you can have 5.1 sound on TV3 and other channels that have 5.1 sound (dont have HDi so cant tell you which channels). MPEG/PCM is only stereo audio as far as I know but on most of the channels you dont have a choice.


Many thanks for this. I posted this a few weeks ago and was a bit disappointed no-one replied.

I couldn't hear any difference between the two settings but had put it on Dolby for no real reason.

Cheers

 
 
 
 


2027 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 196

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 475314 29-May-2011 05:55
Send private message

And yes you're right the S/PDIF setting is irrelevant if using HDMI for video and audio.

Setting it to Dolby is correct too - this allows the MySky box to send the Dolby Digital signal to your receiver so that you hear movies, sport, etc in 5.1 sound.




MacBook Pro 13" w/ Touch Bar (Early 2017) | iPad Pro 10.5 Wi-Fi 128GB (Space Grey) | iPhone 7 Plus 128GB (Product RED) | Apple TV 4K | Apple TV (4th Generation) | Apple Watch Series 3 42mm (Space Grey)

120 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 487589 29-Jun-2011 22:38
Send private message


I was under the impression that you could only get Dolby 5.1 sound via the SPDIF connection but that the SPDIF connection was disabled, when you use the HDMI connector?

342 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 25


  Reply # 487605 29-Jun-2011 23:31
Send private message

BuckoNZ:
I was under the impression that you could only get Dolby 5.1 sound via the SPDIF connection but that the SPDIF connection was disabled, when you use the HDMI connector?



They changed so 5.1 was available over HDMI in an update ages ago now. Don't believe SPDIF was ever disabled. 

120 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 487757 30-Jun-2011 11:13
Send private message

Well, that's great news!! Only wish I heard about this development sooner!  :)   Off to find a SDPIF cable to go to my Receiver for when there are 5.1 shows!

342 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 25


  Reply # 488017 30-Jun-2011 18:38
Send private message

BuckoNZ: Well, that's great news!! Only wish I heard about this development sooner!  :)   Off to find a SDPIF cable to go to my Receiver for when there are 5.1 shows!



Why? 5.1 is carried over HDMI so if you have a reciever plug HDMI into the receiver. No need for SPDIF.  

120 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 488018 30-Jun-2011 18:48
Send private message

I don't want to fire up my Receiver everytime I watch TV.  I just want the ability to watch my "prime time" shows (the few that have it) in 5.1.  So I'm currently running HDMI from the Sky box to the TV and will add a SPID cable from the Sky box to my Receiver.

837 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 96


  Reply # 488134 1-Jul-2011 07:58
Send private message

BuckoNZ: I don't want to fire up my Receiver everytime I watch TV.  I just want the ability to watch my "prime time" shows (the few that have it) in 5.1.  So I'm currently running HDMI from the Sky box to the TV and will add a SPID cable from the Sky box to my Receiver.


How will you know what is in 5.1 if your receiver is off? Any TV guides are highly unreliable in this resect, I reckon anything and everything sounds better through the receiver than any crappy TV speakers anyway. And our Harmony remote does all the setup with the touch of one button.Wink

120 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 488141 1-Jul-2011 08:16
Send private message

Yeah. I have a Harmony ONE so I'm aware of it's benefits. ;)

The speakers in my Samsung Tulip M8 actually aren't too bad.  Often shows that have 5.1 audio usually have the "5.1 logo" when the show begins. If it's a show that you regularly watch, you will get to know pretty quickly.  Call me a blouse, but I just don't want to fire up my Receiver, each and everytime I watch TV.

342 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 25


  Reply # 488207 1-Jul-2011 11:37
Send private message

BuckoNZ: Yeah. I have a Harmony ONE so I'm aware of it's benefits. ;)

The speakers in my Samsung Tulip M8 actually aren't too bad.  Often shows that have 5.1 audio usually have the "5.1 logo" when the show begins. If it's a show that you regularly watch, you will get to know pretty quickly.  Call me a blouse, but I just don't want to fire up my Receiver, each and everytime I watch TV.



Blouse Cool 

553 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 15

Subscriber

  Reply # 488225 1-Jul-2011 12:16
Send private message

BuckoNZ:  I have a Harmony ONE

 I just don't want to fire up my Receiver, each and everytime I watch TV.




I can't understand your logic.

You don't have to 'fire up' your receiver everytime - your remote does it all for you....? 

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Fujifilm X beats its best with new top of the range, high-performance camera
Posted 24-Feb-2018 14:05


One million kiwis affected by cybercrime
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:58


New Zealanders want to engage with government online and via mobile apps
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:56


Samsung launches Samsung Max
Posted 24-Feb-2018 13:52


CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny
Posted 21-Feb-2018 19:43


Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:27


2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:25


Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21


Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18


Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30


Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54


New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12


D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01


Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26


OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.