RX-A820 setup problems - cant get anything except stereo output from CD input.
Model: Yamaha RX-A820
Price: £799 from Richer Sounds, Newcastle.
Speakers: B&W 685 Cinema package (5.1)
TV: Samsung 40" B650
Previous Amp: Deneon AVR-1082
Speaker Cables: QED Silver XT (could not detect a difference when upgraded to this from cheap 2.5mm core speaker cable from HW store)
DVD/CD player: Play Station 3.
Experience Level: Above average?
I have read the manual from start to end, and gone through every possible setup option.
Using the built in internet radio, paying from DLNA server, and airtunes, I can get the full range of DSP modes, from stero to 7.1 channel, Munich Hall, Adventure movie etc. When I select a multi-chanel output program, I see the display of the speakers in use on the Amp front panel, and hear the output.
However, when I play a CD on the PS3, via the HDMI1 input, I can only use stereo. pressing the music button (which is supposed to cycle through the output modes) just says "Not Available". Using the program up/down button on the remote, which is supposed to also cycle through the output modes, or hitting the "straight" button also says "Not Availble".
To not use the SW and surround speakers would not be so bad if the audio quality was half decent, but it sounds truely awful playing anything complicated such as Smashing pumpkins "Gish". The audio is confused and muffled, like a cheap MP3 speaker. With the old amp (same everything else) it sounded great. George Michaels "older" doesnt sound bad, but I dont listent to this kind of simpler music much.
i have spent something like 10 hours trying to fix this. I have run the speaker setup several times, the last time manually.
I emailed Yamaha via their support page, but no reply yet.
Any ideas? Anyone else got one of these?
I wrote a rewiew of the amp here: http://hobbs-hw.blogspot.com.es/2012/12/yamaha-rx-a820-av-amplifier.html