Originally Posted by Joeb0120
Sigma thanks for the suggestion. I did previously do all of that and I wasn't sure about the multi channel but I had it off just in case anyways. Do you guys think it could be the cables I'm using or the fact that the TV the switches output is hooked up to only outputs PCM stereo and its somehow reading that?
I'm open to any suggestions at this point. I don't want to have to return this because I honestly don't know another device that I could use to get everything to work.
The multi-channel is easy to understand, but a little complex to explain: In the audio-setup you are required to pick a single output for your audio (HDMI, Optical, or analog), which you then configure. When multi-channel output is off, only your configured channel will output audio, and the others will be "silent".
When you turn multi-channel output "on", your configure audio output will play audio as you've configured it, but all other outputs will also play 2-channel audio. I suggested turning it off, because it can add ambiguity as to which channel you've configured to work. You might absentmindedly configure optical audio for 5.1, and then plug in your HDMI and hear audio and think you've got everything working, but that HDMI is only playing 2-channel audio.
On the flip side, you can try configuring the PS3 to output audio via optical. And then don't use optical
, but only plug in your HDMI. Then turn multichannel output to "on". It should, by rule of PS3 law, output stereo audio through your HDMI. It won't be ideal, but it might give you a situation where it will at least play 2-channel audio in all situations.
I think that the fact the TV only handles PCM output might very well be traveling up the HDMI cable back to the switch and maybe the PS3, but the fact that the PS3 requires explicit audio configuration should render that fact moot. Have you tried using the coax or stereo (mini plug) outputs on the switch to see if they yield any different results? I'd be particularly interested in learning if the stereo plug works, because the switch is probably converting that into analog stereo audio by itself, so that should at least play audio no matter what the signal is (so long as its one of the common ones that the switch supports).
I'd definitely swap out cables if you can. Just to reiterate, and also to isolate to the PS3 (which I have experience with): you have the PS3 hooked up to the switch via HDMI, and then you have the switch hooked up to the TV with HDMI and also to your receiver with optical...right? You don't have any additional cables going into your TV from the switch beyond that single HDMI, do you? Likewise, you don't have any cables going from your TV straight to your receiver?
Is it possible that you have some analog cables going from the TV to the receiver, and that your receiver is prioritizing those signals over the digital ones coming from the switch? Try disconnecting any cables going to or from your TV other than the single HDMI cable from the switch (and the power cable!)