so played around a bit with this and this is what I found. When I fire up my xbox. My receiver is getting a full surround sound signal. I played a demo game and again full surround indicated on the receiver. loaded up Rocksmith and bam, standard stereo displayed. Left and right only, no subwoofer activity. Played around with my receiver's menus to see if I could get into the crossover settings and try to get the sub to activate and no dice. couldn't find it using the limited on board controls. think I need to wait for my new remote. I also need to dig into the manual to see if there is away to get the subwoofer involved in the standard stereo mode. Still haven't tried out amp mode to see if it's improved. have any of you?
I'm LOVE that there no lag regardless of my processing settings but I would really like my bass to be more distinct and have playback through the subwoofer. not sure it's gonna happen. not yet anyway. I should have more time to experiment this weekend.
oh and for the record, I'm playing through a pioneer VSX-1121K
I thought the sub-woofer just filtered low frequencies off of the other channels?
I guess it depends on your sub-woofer processor, but I don't think sub-woofer is a specific surround sound channel. It is just the ".1" part of the "5.1".
I guess I better go read wikipedia. BRB.
Okay according to wikipedia, 5.1 is 6 channels of audio, with a low frequency bass channel.
I dunno how my PC and CL P-5800 speaker system is processing the RS audio feed, but I do have a lot of sub-woofer audio.
I did not pay any attention to this, when I was playing RS through my Pioneer VSX home theater setup. It sounded fine, with guitar.
There may be a way to tell the Pioneer to strip some audio off the other channels, and send to the sub-woofer, when in stereo mode.
Looking at the manual for my Pioneer VSX-522-k, there are a lot of settings for the subwoofer. Your 1121 should have even more.
Also the LFE Attenuate setting will affect how much subwoofer signals are sent.
One other thing, setting the front speaker size to small will send bass frequencies to the subwoofer.
Of course, make sure the speaker setup knows you have a subwoofer connected.
Last edited by rcole_sooner; 08-17-2012 at 07:28 PM.
I have an older RCA Surround sound system and it sends the low end frequency to the sub automatically regardless of input digital or analog.
I tried Rocksmith with the optical connected and Dolby Digital On........... BAM!!!!!! No Lag, it sounds alot better than the old analog IMO.
Originally Posted by rcole_sooner
I think it depends on how the data is formatted. If it's Dolby Digital (or DTS), each channels data is encoded for that channel. If it's stereo, the receiver should have a stereo mode where you can set a crossover freq. and have the lower range sent to the sub.
My biggest issue with using a "direct" setting is that the lack of processing leaves me about 20dB quieter than when I'm listening/watching anything else. It's a little suprising when I switch back over to the TV and it's 20dB louder
I'll check mine tonight, but I was pretty certain I didn't notice any loss of bass output to my sub. I'll make a point of getting right up to it to see if any air is moving at all. I've got an Onkyo TX-SR508, for the record.
Originally Posted by Pancho X1