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IgniteTV Surround Sound

DDave_ca
I've Been Here Awhile

Hello!  First post...

 

Long time Rogers customer, new Ignite subscriber.  Any Ignite customers having trouble getting surround sound (DDS5.1) to work from these Ignite TV boxes?  In the settings, I have tried both Auto and Expert (forced surround sound), but neither work.

 

My connection is not HDMI direct to my surround receiver - it only has optical (toslink/SPDIF) input.  My Panasonic TV has optical output.  I have DDS5.1 when using the smart TV for Netflix playback - not from the Rogers Netflix app.  I also tried using an audio extractor/splitter - same results.

 

Thoughts?

 

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Re: IgniteTV Surround Sound

57
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@Kromtara wrote:

The receiver says it is receiving Dolby D+.  Normally PCM lights up on the receiver if it sees PCM.


I'm guessing that your AVR is receiving "improperly encoded DD5.1", which your AVR interprets as DD+, which contains only the LF & RF speaker signals, as discussed in this and the other thread for Ignite recordings. Your AVR is currently set to decode these signals to provide (synthetic) surround sound (see link below).  Most people who leave their AVRs set up properly for incoming DD5.1 signals end up with only the LF & RF speakers being active for Ignite recordings.

 

You will probably not see PCM unless you change the audio settings in the Ignite box to "other" instead of "expert"?  Changing to "other" is also a workaround to get surround sound by invoking DPLII in the AVR for the incoming 2-channel signal from Ignite recordings.

 

Edit: 

@Kromtara : I see from your other recent post (Item 4 of link below) that you are using a "simulated" surround sound.  This is not true DD5.1.  You would also have sound coming out your surround speakers if you set it to something like "7-ch Stereo", however, again, this is not true DD5.1 and the sound is not being reproduced as intended, even if your surround speakers are active.

 

https://communityforums.rogers.com/t5/Ignite-TV/IgniteTV-Surround-Sound/m-p/452754#M4503

 

I have encountered lots of people during my optimization travels who utilize "7-ch Stereo" (or something similar) because they want to hear sound from all of their speakers, however, this doesn't provide the discrete audio from the various speakers that the director of the original programme intended.  In many cases, like a news programme, the dialogue will/should come out the centre speaker and nowhere else.



Re: IgniteTV Surround Sound

Lott
I'm Here A Lot
Hi @DDave_ca . I have run into the exact same problem as you. I tried calling Rogers tech support as it seems only to be a problem with input coming out if the ignite box. All others seem fine - PlayStation, blue ray disc player, etc. The tech support can’t help me either. Wondering if you got it solved and how?

Re: IgniteTV Surround Sound

57
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@Lott : As discussed extensively in this and other threads:

 

1. You need to set the audio output setting of the Ignite box to "Expert" and you should get properly encoded DD5.1 on any live or on-demand programming that you watch.  Assuming you're connected directly to an AVR from the Rogers Ignite box.

 

2. If you're going "through" a TV, then you'll need to properly set up the output audio from the TV's optical (or HDMI-ARC) signal to "DD5.1, or Raw or similar setting and not PCM.  I've provided previous links on that topic in this thread.

 

3. With any recorded programming, even if everything is set up properly, you will get a DD5.1 signal at the AVR, but the audio will come out the LF & RF speakers only because that's currently what's happening on recorded material with Rogers Ignite. At some point in the future, this should get fixed.

 

4. Although it's possible to override the incoming incorrect signal from recordings using something like "5/7CH Stereo" in the AVR, you will not experience the audio as originally intended.

 

5. Most of what I've stated above relates to HD channels, the majority of which provide properly encoded DD5.1 signals.  For SD channels and some HD channels, the audio signals are DD2.0 and can be decoded by DPLII in the AVR to provide surround sound.  Some HD channels are such outliers - Global is currently DD2.0, as is CTV2 and CP24. CBC (and some PBS) can be "improperly encoded" DD5.1 when the original programme is not DD5.1.



Re: IgniteTV Surround Sound

Lott
I'm Here A Lot
Thanks for the response @57. My TV is a bit old and does not have an HDMI-ARC port for my SONOS sound bar. So I used the SONOS-supplied optical output to HDMI converter, connected to SONOS. Then I have the ignite box, PlayStation, and blue ray disc player connected to my TV via its Input HDMI ports. Only the ignite box seems to have a problem playing sound through Sonos. I will try your suggestions above again I a while, but I swear I tried the expert setting in the ignite and still didn’t work.

I am not very well versed in this audio tech lingo, but I hope I explained it well enough. I have a sharp aquos TV that also seems to assume a tech savvy user. 😬

Re: IgniteTV Surround Sound

57
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@Lott wrote:
I used the SONOS-supplied optical output to HDMI converter, connected to SONOS. explained it well enough.  😬

Not sure why you're using this at all. If all of the devices are connected to the TV via HDMI, why not simply connect the TV's audio output optical port (properly configured for "external" speakers and DD or Raw) to the Sonos?