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CD setting

11-25-2006, 02:58 PM
What setting should I use to listen to music CDs?

I have it narrowed down to Automatic mode (PCM) or Music.

The PCM sounds the best but the Music setting sounds good to but with more bass. Which is correct>

I am using a Pioneer SX- 315 reciever.

11-26-2006, 05:59 AM
PCM offers no compression (sound is more pure) and quite normally you would have less booming of the sub compared to DD (music).

You could increase the GAIN of the sub a notch or two under the circumstances.

11-26-2006, 05:21 PM
Thanks, but 1 more question.

Are CDs recorded in stereo or 5.1? I assume just stereo as thats what I use for my home recordings of myself.

Reason being it seems my PCM setting is a true stereo where as the music setting seemd to be 5.1 or something like that.

11-26-2006, 08:15 PM
Flair - Most CD's are whats called "downmixed" to stereo. Meaning, the recording could have far more than 2 channels in use. However, the final mix is consolidated to 2 channels. This is your stereo recording. However, more and more artists/producers are downmixing to multichannel (MC). So, it all depends on the recording. It should tell you either on the front or the back of the CD whether is a stereo or MC CD.

As for PCM or "music", I'm not sure what the music one is but I would assume it correlated with bitstream. IMO, when all else fails use PCM. Generally speaking, think of PCM as working best for digital output and bitstream for analog. Besides, it PCM works best for your system, then go with what works.

11-26-2006, 11:23 PM
thanks again. Thats what i was getting at.