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"Unknown" movie dvd
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Hi,

I have just bought the Blu-ray DVD "Unknown" starring Liam Neeson.

It's pretty good, though not as good as "Taken".

However I have a problem with the Audio. When I play the actual movie I don't get Surround Sound, just pretty basic stereo.

My equipment includes a Sony Blu-ray player BDP-S360, and Sony Receiver DA1200ES.

According to the back of the dvd box the Audio is 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. I know my Sony receiver cannot decode the latest "HD" type audio formats.

But what makes it doubly annoying is that in the "Extras" on the dvd is the movie Trailer. When I play this I get full Surround Sound that my receiver decodes ok ?

I contacted the DVD producer StudioCanal, and they say the audio for the Trailer and the actual movie are the same, 5.1 DTS Master & Stereo LPCM.

If that is so how is it I get full Surround Sound from the Trailer but piddling CD type stereo from the Movie proper ??

I tried another Blu-ray DVD Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince and thats fine, but I notice that that has Dolby TrueHD AND Dolby Digital 5.1, so it caters for the people with the very latest receivers that can decode HD digital audio and the older pre-HD digital audio euipment.

That dvd is by Warner Brothers, maybe I should avoid StudioCanal DVDs if they won't cater for older equipment guys like me ?

Has anyone else had this problem with Blu-ray movie audio ??

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RE: "Unknown" movie dvd

DTS HD Master Audio contains a core DTS track for those who can't decode the newer formats - this is one of the reasons it's becoming more popular I think.

So your amp should just detect standard DTS 5.1 when you choose the DTS HD MA soundtrack - when you play it, use the Audio menu on the Blu-ray to make sure this soundtrack has been selected.

 

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Hi

Thanks for your swift reply.

There is a "Setup" section on the Blu-ray dvd but when I go in the 2 audio options are greyed out and won't change when I press the button on the Blu-ray player remote ?

There is also the option of "Subtitles" and I can change this between "ON" & "OFF"

 

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Hi again

.....If my set up is wrong why does it play the Trailer ok ?

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MXB wrote:

Hi again

.....If my set up is wrong why does it play the Trailer ok ?

It may not be related to your problem, but often there is a limited choice of audio for extras and a wider choice for the main feature. It could be that the default choice for the extras is fine but not for the main feature. I have some films where the default is not the highest quality, so I have to change the setting - on others it and although it is fine for me it might not play correctly with some amps.
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MXB wrote:

There is a "Setup" section on the Blu-ray dvd but when I go in the 2 audio options are greyed out and won't change when I press the button on the Blu-ray player remote ?

What are the two options there? Sometimes, you need to press the arrow keys up and down to get to different bits of the menu. I can't see why they would be greyed out as I don't think Blu-rays are intelligent enough to determine your setup and decide what you can play and what you can't.

 

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In the "Setup" there is 2 audio options "LPCM"............ (is that Linear PCM ?)

and "DTS 5.1 HD Master"

There is also "Subtitles"

Underneath Subtitles is "ON/OFF"

using the arrow buttons on the remote you can move to each of these 3 settings.

By pressing the centre button in the middle of the arrow keys changes whether ON or OFF is bold/highlighted.

This works ok with "Subtitles", you can toggle between ON or OFF being bold/highlighted, but when you try it on either of the

2 audio chioces the ON / OFF stay greyed out.

 

When I play the "Trailer" for "Unknown" my receiver display says DTS 3/2.1, I get the blue light come on below the display showing it's decoded the Surround Sound, and I get the lovely low freqs out of my bass speaker. To me this is what makes Surround Sound so good.

 

When I play the Movie itself, my receiver display shows Linear PCM and although some of the speakers have output the blue light on the receiver doesn't light so I get nothing out the bass speaker !!!

 

MXB

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