My home entertainment system is not very elaborate by many standards but what I do have is of good quality.
It consists of:
- a Samsung Series 6 46" Full HD LCD TV (top of the range in 2008)
- an Onkyo TX-DS595 AV receiver (high-end in 2001) driving a pair of excellent front speakers (large and custom-built)
- an early-ish model Samsung Blu-ray player that came with the TV
- a WDTV Live (new version)
We recently watched S4 of Game of Thrones, and the media files were encoded in 5.1 surround. That’s fine, I thought, I’ll set up the amp to direct all channels through the front speakers, given I have no centre speaker. Easy, right?
Nothing I did would make any difference. Many scenes with lots of dialogue (especially those with Tyrion Lannister doing the talking) I struggled to hear properly, yet the very next scene would be ear-bleedingly (and baby wakeningly!) loud. It became very frustrating for me, so I went a-huntin’. Found a cheap centre speaker, ordered it, and then discovered that it wouldn’t fit where I thought it would, so had to order a wall mount for the TV as well.
Fast-forward to last Saturday… I’ve pulled everything out and am unplugging everything in preparation for wall mounting, when I notice that the optical-out on the TV is connected to… the optical-out on the BD player. The only reason we were getting any sound at all through the amp is because I had analogue cables going to another input.
Well duh, that ain’t gonna work… so I plugged the BD player end into the amp, and oh lookee here! - Dolby DTS stream detected! So I bought a separate optical cable for the WDTV Live and plugged it into the other optical input, and that gives much better sound than daisy-chaining through the TV. Huzzah!
So I suppose we probably don’t strictly need that extra speaker now, but all the infrastructure is there so I’ll put it in anyway… and hear that sweet, sweet dialogue.
TL;DR: moufassa is having trouble believing that he was such a home theatre n00b.