I have a fairly decent HDTV and 5.1 surround sound setup. It supports ARC, DD, DTS, etc. Everything is setup via HDMI.
One thing I'm confused about is whether I should be using Linear PCM or using Bitstream.
I ask because - when playing PS3 games - if I use Linear PCM, my reciever shows the rather generic "Multichannel Output 5.1" but if I use Bitstream, I get either "Dolby Digital" or "DTS" on the reciever's screen.
Any tips or suggestions? Thanks!
If you think your reciever is really good, leave it on Linear. Less compression. My reciever is from 1999 and only has toslinks ports for 5.1 so I have to use bitstream. Kind of lame. Linear is only available on HDMI.
linear pcm takes and lets the ps3 software playback the sound based on witch boxes you check in the audio options.
bitstreem is different the checked boxes are just an open door letting the sound come strait off the original recording.
here`s an esample darksiders in bitstreem plays back in dolby digital 5.1 with all the checked boxes checked.
note checking 5.1 opens the door for it to come through its the original recording and in my opinion actually sounds better then the linear pcm version.
darksiders in linear pcm plays back in dolby digital pro logic 2.0 with all the boxes checed the ps3`s software is really just taking the original version and stretching it it actually sounds worse.
Im running an optical cable so 5.1 is as high as i can go draw your own comclusions on sound quality i guess