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Old 06-17-2013, 07:18 AM   #1
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I have just installed a new Pioneer VSX43 AVR and then got a Sony BDP-S5100. The process of setting all this up to go with my 5.1 speakers is a little overwhelming. I asked the question on another forum a couple of days ago and have received zero replays. Perhaps you will be kind enough to respond. The post reference to the setting info relates to all the (confusing to me) settings info on that forum. See the following post that I copied from another forum. And thank you if you respond.

Could I please get some help. This question has been asked but answered in several different posts so not sure I understand. I am an older very non technical and female to boot. The issue I am having is that when watching something on Netflix and I hit the Display button, it shows 720p and stereo audio. The specs of what I have are below FYI.

TV is Sony Bravia 40" 2009 model with 3 HDMI ports, HDMI 1 is HDMI ARC if that means anything to you. TV manual says it is 1080p 60hz 24 bit
AV Receiver is a 2013 Pioneer Elite VSX43
BD player is Sony BDP5100
BDP connected via HDMI to AVR which is connected to HDMI 1 on the TV

Based upon what I have read on the above posts, below is what I have set on the BDP. I have set the resolution on the TV to be 1080p and I would really rather the 5.1 surround is controlled according to what I have set on the AVR which is usually Dolby PLII Movie.

BDP Screen Settings-
Output Video Resolution: 1080p
DVD-ROM 24p Output: Auto
All other video settings are left as default

Audio Settings -
BD Audio Mix: Off
Audio DRC: Off
Downmix: Surround because it seemed correct. Only has 2 choices, Surround or Stereo
All other audio settings are at default

So do these settings seem correct if I want HD Quality video and audio on everything that is offered that way on my BDP? Or do my settings above indicate why Netflix is showing 720p and stereo (primary) audio?

Thank you for any advice you might have.
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I have just installed a new Pioneer VSX43 AVR and then got a Sony BDP-S5100. The process of setting all this up to go with my 5.1 speakers is a little overwhelming. I asked the question on another forum a couple of days ago and have received zero replays. Perhaps you will be kind enough to respond. The post reference to the setting info relates to all the (confusing to me) settings info on that forum. See the following post that I copied from another forum. And thank you if you respond.

Could I please get some help. This question has been asked but answered in several different posts so not sure I understand. I am an older very non technical and female to boot. The issue I am having is that when watching something on Netflix and I hit the Display button, it shows 720p and stereo audio. The specs of what I have are below FYI.

TV is Sony Bravia 40" 2009 model with 3 HDMI ports, HDMI 1 is HDMI ARC if that means anything to you. TV manual says it is 1080p 60hz 24 bit
AV Receiver is a 2013 Pioneer Elite VSX43
BD player is Sony BDP5100
BDP connected via HDMI to AVR which is connected to HDMI 1 on the TV

Based upon what I have read on the above posts, below is what I have set on the BDP. I have set the resolution on the TV to be 1080p and I would really rather the 5.1 surround is controlled according to what I have set on the AVR which is usually Dolby PLII Movie.

BDP Screen Settings-
Output Video Resolution: 1080p
DVD-ROM 24p Output: Auto
All other video settings are left as default

Audio Settings -
BD Audio Mix: Off
Audio DRC: Off
Downmix: Surround because it seemed correct. Only has 2 choices, Surround or Stereo
All other audio settings are at default

So do these settings seem correct if I want HD Quality video and audio on everything that is offered that way on my BDP? Or do my settings above indicate why Netflix is showing 720p and stereo (primary) audio?

Thank you for any advice you might have.
I don't believe your "set-up" is at fault ....the problem is with NetFlix they stream 720/and most often Stereo and not 1080p or surround sound 5.1
What results do you get when playing a BluRay disc ?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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I am embarrassed to say, I have not bought a Blu-ray Disc yet although I actually bought this BDP to play Netflix, Amazon Instant Video etc. As far as my issue, I was just going by the fact that when I select a movie to watch within Netflix, it says 5.1.
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On the audio side for the player:

HDMI Audio = Auto
BD Mix = Off

The player will then send the sound in the best way that your receiver can handle.

The downmix and DRC settings do not matter, although the ones you have selected would be correct.

Dolby PLII Movie is used to expand stereo sources to 5.1. It has no effect whatsoever when the source is already 5.1.

When you play a source with a DD 5.1 track, your AVR should report that as the format it is receiving. If your AVR shows a stereo input instead, then there's a problem with the source device, not the AVR.

Try playing a DVD and see if you get DD 5.1.

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I did not see HDMI to set to auto in the audio settings. I do have the Digital Audio Output set to auto tho. I also put in an old DVD, hit display and it shows 1080/24p and Dolby digital 5.1. I guess the problem is within Netflix. Thanks very much for your help.
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I did not see HDMI to set to auto in the audio settings.
My mistake. Previous Sony players had separate settings for the HDMI and coax/optical outputs. Now, it appears they have been combined into a single Digital Audio setting, where Auto is the one you want.
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I guess the problem is within Netflix. Thanks very much for your help.
The capabilities of the Netflix software varies from device to device. So, while Netflix may offer a title in DD 5.1 or DD+, that doesn't mean every device will support the 5.1 output. I have an older Roku, for example, that doesn't do Netflix in 5.1 while my Apple TV does. There's nothing in the S5100 manual about that subject. You may need to ask Sony support or check other forums such as AVS, which may have active, dedicated threads for your player.
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Yeah, I had posted this original question in the specific player thread in AVS and the users chose to ignore me so I thank you for your help.
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