Originally Posted by mlugassy
In my case, the test tones in the Mac MIDI Audio Devices "Configure Speakers" screen all work fine, for the entire 7.1 Rear Surround config.
But any speaker test file I've tried so far still seems to do that behavior of flipping or mixing the Surround and Rear Surround speakers.
I did notice that on the "Audio Devices" screen, the Source shows as my TV (Samsung) instead of my receiver (Sony). Not sure it's significant thought since like I said, it still sees and can send correct test tones to each of the 8 channels in my 3/4.1 config..
Let me know if you have any troubleshooting ideas! (i.e. new 7.1 test files, settings on TV, Receiver, Mac..)
I am assuming you are hooking your computer up to your receiver using an HDMI cable, which your TV is also hooked up to this receiver through HDMI. If so, this is normal for your computer’s audio properties to show your TV instead of the receiver. It may also flip flop back and forth. There is a good chance that if you have your TV turned on the computer’s audio properties will show your TV, then if you turn your TV off it will show your receiver instead. May or may not be true, but regardless, it doesn’t matter. It is working correctly.
The issue with your speakers being incorrect when you run the test from your speakers is most likely that you hooked the speakers up incorrectly. The receiver would/should be able to determine the correct output signal being sent to it from the computer, especially if you are using HDMI. Have you run the speaker test through the receiver itself? In the menu on your receiver there will be a speaker test, it will check to make sure they are working and setup correctly. If the sound isn’t being outputted to the correct speaker, based on what is displayed on your TV, then you have the speakers incorrectly setup and need to adjust where you have them plugged into on the receiver.
I have a similar setup. LG TV going into a receiver using HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel). I also have an HDMI cable hooked up from my computer into the receiver. When I run the audio test from both the receiver and the computer it works fine.
I am not sure what you are trying to do, if you are just trying to watch movies from your computer or actually play games from your computer onto the TV. If it is just watch videos, then you really don’t need to hook your computer up to your receiver, as long as your computer is on the same network as the receiver and TV. If you have a Smart TV and it supports WiFi or a network connection, you can just stream video right from the computer onto the TV using Windows Media Server. Your TV and receiver will also need to support ARC and will need it enabled on both the receiver and TV, if they are capable. Most newer equipment does support ARC and a network connection. This would be the best option to stream watch video or pictures. Also, most receivers will allow you to stream music audio from your computer to the receiver without hooking the computer to the receiver, as long as it is on the same network. So unless you are using it to play games, there almost isn’t a need to hook up the computer to the receiver, unless your receiver or TV really doesn’t support this stuff. I mean my equipment is about 2 years old now and almost all new stuff, if you buy something that has a little bit of quality in it, would come with these features. It might sound like you are using a MAC, if so, then I’m not sure if they have something similar as Windows Media Server. I would think they do because in my opinion MACs are always superior and ahead of the game over Windows, even though I never owned one, but used to use them all the time and are better quality. I have an iPhone and use airplay to stream audio from my phone to the receiver all the time.