I have a Kenwood VR-606 receiver. The Xbox is set to output Dolby Digital, and the Netflix app shows it outputting DD5.1. The receiver is set to Dolby Digital as well.
Last night I watched a film, and it sounded awful. I think it was only 2.0, despite what it said on-screen, since dialogue was almost non-existent (I had to turn it up to around -30, when usually "loud" is in the mid -40's). The only options available to me on the receiver were switching between DD and Stereo.
Anyone have any idea/personal experience with Netflix lately?
Netflix recently updated to the new design, which I believe prompted this change. Usually if something is stereo, I can switch my receiver into Pro Logic II and the mix sounds better (center channel, etc). But what Netflix seems to have done is output the 2.0... in 5.1. Meaning, to the receiver, it is 5.1. But really there's only audio from the L and R speakers.
It appears this is on Netflix's end, then--it happened the last time they did an update, I've found.
I have been going crazy trying to figure out what is going on as well. Half the shows I watch seem to be in 5.1 but recently I was not getting any sound out of the receiver (it was optically leaving the Xbox and reaching my wireless headphones, but nothing coming out of the speakers). Finally found that the kids had switched to Front B instead of Front A and that I now have sound, but only out of the 2 channels!!!
I have been very confused why some was only out of 2 channels (which are listed a 5.1 and the receiver says DD) and other shows and movies are indeed in 5.1.
This is interesting and disappointing if Netflix is actually only sending 2.1 of the 5.1 channels. Anyone able to tell if it is only via the Xbox 360 that this occurs?
Like many of you, I was frustrated that every time I went to play something on the Netflix app via my Xbox 360, it would always default to "STEREO". I thought this was a problem with Netflix but then realized maybe it was my Xbox 360 settings and it was! Of course, I could force it into some of the Dobly ProLogic II modes but that's not really true 5.1 dolby digital.
For reference, I'm using a Pioneer VSX-1020 and the Xbox 360 is connected to it via an HDMI cable. (Then another HDMI going from the receiver to my TV, which I think is a pretty standard setup as it's the most simple way to do this.)
Anyway, here is what I did to solve it.
1. Goto your Xbox 360 menu
2. Go into the Xbox Settings
3. Select System
4. Select Console Settings
5. Select Display
6. Select Display Discovery
7. Change it to DISABLE
8. Xbox will prompt you to restart, go ahead and restart.
Then...go back into the settings following steps 1-5 again.
9. You may need to change your display to 1080p if it defaults now to a lower resolution (mine went to 480p and looked terrible.)
10. Go back to Console Settings and select AUDIO
11. Select Digital Output
12. Select Dolby Digital 5.1
Ta-da! That should do it for you. Open Netflix back up and select a TV or movie title that says 5.1 in the description and kick back with a cold beer to enjoy your fully immersive 5.1 experience.
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