DVD & Home Theater Gear Discuss DVD and Home Theater Equipment.

Dumb Question...

Old 08-27-02, 09:58 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Hall of Fame
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: North Cacalaca
Posts: 8,443
Dumb Question...

If I'm playing a Dolby 2.0 Surround track, what audio setting should I use on my receiver?
On my Onkyo SR-600 receiver I have the following options:
- Dolby D Mode
- Dolby Pro Logic II Mode
- Direct Mode (this is the the left and right front speakers though, and no sub, according to my manual)
- Stereo Mode (uses ledt and right fronts, and the sub)
- All Channel Stereo

Thanks in advance for any help!
clappj is offline  
Old 08-27-02, 11:15 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: 3rd Planet from the Sun
Posts: 3,701
By definition, wouldn't you use the Direct Mode, since 2.0 is 2 speakers, no sub?

(not trying to be sarcastic)
Movie_Man is offline  
Old 08-27-02, 12:31 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
 
JimRochester's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Rochester, NY. USA
Posts: 18,008
My receiver just reads whatever signal is coming in and plays it accordingly. Since DD 2.0 is still a surround sound soundtrack, I would say Pro Logic is the way to go. It sounds as though Direct Mode may not use the surrounds.
JimRochester is offline  
Old 08-27-02, 01:09 PM
  #4  
DVD Talk Gold Edition
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Alexandria, VA
Posts: 2,864
Personally, I usually switch over to stereo for DD 2.0 movies.
edclem is offline  
Old 08-27-02, 09:37 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Platinum Edition
 
caligulathegod's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Grove City OH
Posts: 3,730
The question specifies Dolby Digital 2.0 surround. That is not "two speakers" or "stereo". That format uses all 5 speakers. I suggest Dolby Pro-Logic 2 mode. That's what you got it for. Regular pro-logic (which is what DD 2.0 Surround is) has left and right channels and matrixes in a center channel and a reduced bandwidth mono surround channel for your 2 rear speakers. DPL2 transforms it into full bandwidth stereo surround channels. Bass management brings in the sub so now your DD 2.0 Surround track(and even plain old 2 channel stereo) is now 5.1. Why on earth would someone with DPL2 play a DD surround track on only 2 speakers? I seriously hope you guys aren't reading the back of the DVD package and switching to 2 speakers because it says 2.0.
If you don't like the regular 2 channel stuff (like CDs or LPs) extrapolated to all 5.1 speakers you can listen to them in stereo (like audiophiles do) but Surround is intended to be listened to with rear speakers, so why not use DPL2?

Last edited by caligulathegod; 08-27-02 at 09:40 PM.
caligulathegod is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.