I'm having some problems with blu-ray analog playback...
The start of the story goes right back to plugging in the cables from my 5.1 channel z-5500 speaker system. The surround cable in this system is coloured black, which matches the rear input on the audio hardware. However, if I select 5.1 speakers in the realtek configuration screen, the rear speakers option is greyed out, I can only select sides. And, with sides selected, I get no sound from the surrounds. At this point there are two solutions I can find:
1. Stick with a 5.1 software configuration, and move the black speaker cable from the black rear input to the grey side input. (Actually you can also retask the rear input to sides to achieve the same result.)
2. Lie and say I have a 7.1 configuration, this enables the rear speaker option, and I can disable sides to have a 5.1, 7.1 config
I've been working with option 1, 5.1 software config plus cable in sides input.
This setup seems to work fine for most 5.1 audio software. However, enter PowerDVD 10, software that purports to output full range (non-downsampled) blu-ray audio on ALC889. Sounds cool, so I tried out the trial.
Sure enough a blu shows 48Khz,24bit full resolution when playing. Great! Except, that I get no audio from the surrounds in the Dolby TrueHD main feature! I can get sound from all 6 channels, if I move the black speaker back to the black rear input. Of course in this configuration, the surrounds are silent if I try to send audio their way using other windows software.
This is all a bit nuts, and I'm pulling my hair out trying to figure out the permutations of surround channels going to sides or rears or both.
Can anyone share some wisdom on the correct configuration for 5.1 speakers with realtek hd audio? A workaround to get PDVD10 sending surround channels to sides?