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· AllStar
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I've recently got a new 7.1 receiver and and hooked it up to my Dish box (ViP 622) using an TOS Opt Link cable. For HDMI it works ok as I am guaranteed to get a dolby digital output signal. I only get five speakers but it's clear and it's well synched. Not sure why I don't get all 7, it should process the sound i thought but whatever I can live with that.

My problem is more with SD. For SD it is varied. On HBO it's works fine typically, but on some of the other channels, I am going to pick 149, Fox Soccer Channel as an example the sound is terrible. If I go up close to any of my speakers it just sounds like they have been dropped in a fish bowl. It's just this low gurlgling sound when I would expect the sound.

I am pretty sure there isn't much wrong with the AV. It's an Onkyo, which is at least a good brand, if not high end. With my DVD I get very good sound through all speakers, just i get strange results through Dish..

When I watch OTA through my TV which has TOS Link Out i also get excellent sound through all 7 speakers. So it does it seems to be related to the Dish box...

Anyone have experience on this?
 

· AllStar
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Not to make excuses, but in general this is a huge problem in the industry, so some but not by any means all of it can be pinned on Dish. For example, there was a good article in Broadcast Engineering about the WIDELY varying audio levels between different stations and network feeds, as well as widely varying levels between commercials and shows, etc.. Besides just level, another problem is what the original format of the particular content is. If the content needs to be upconverted or downconverted (HD to SD or viceversa), then no good can come to the quality of the output, only bad.
 
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