Panasonic DMP-BD91 setup insanity - can anyone help
I think the quickest way for me to ask this question is to share a letter from my son-in-law and my reply, with his recommendations, and my inabilities to understand how to set this thing up to a Denon AVR3312CI receiver.
My first letter:
<< I'm really sorry to bother you, but I'm completely frustrated and don't who else to ask.
Question 1: My Denon receiver has 13 HDMI inputs. They're each labeled (eg, my maddening Panasonic Blu-Ray player is connected the the input marked "BD," my Roku box is connected to the input marked "Game 1," cable box/DVR is connected to the input marked "Sat/Cbl," etc. Does it matter WHICH component is connected to WHICH HDMI input on the receiver, or does the receiver recognize the signal and just pass it along to the correct circuit path? How about the "Phono" input for the turntable?
Question 2: As I think I told you, I got a MUCH smaller-footprint Panasonic Blu-Ray player, that's supposed to recognize Blu-Ray, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW (+ & -), CD,and I don't know what else (it's connected to the input marked "BD"), but I'm having audio problems I don't understand. I have 2 Blu-Ray discs from the same vendor (same production company, too). One of them plays fine, the other -- without changing any settings -- gives me video, but no audio whatsoever. In some other BDs, like the extended-edition "Lord of the Rings" you kindly gifted me, the main program plays fine, but "extra" stuff like "making of" segments also have perfectly fine video but no audio. Somewhere, either in the Blu-Ray player or the Denon receiver, the audio isn't set-up correctly -- I've asked about this in some of the A/V forums, and gotten completely conflicting advice, but the audio setups that work -- when they work at all -- with the main material seem to be:
Dynamic range: off
Digital Audio Output has 3 selections:
1. Dolby D/Dolby D+/Dolby True HD set to "Bitstream" (the other choice being "PCM")
2. DTS/DTS-HD HD set to "Bitstream" (the other choice being "PCM")
3. BD-Video Secondary Audio set to "off" (the other choice being "on")
The next audio selection is Downmix, set to "Stereo" (the other choice being "Surround encoded")
The next audio selection is DTS Neo 6, set to "off," (the other choices being "Cinema," or "Music"
Also, this multi-format player has never been able to play a standard DVD, and I haven't even TRIED a burned DVD, or a CD.
Sorry to bother you, but I hope you can help. >>
His reply, with my answers interspersed. I hope this isn't too confusing -- it sure as hell has confused me:
So hook up like so:
Panasonic Blue ray player —> Blu-ray Disc Player
Roku —> DVD player
CableBox —> Sat/Cbl
So the Phono input (with the ground lug) will have the RIAA curve added to it, use that only with a turntable, and only with a Moving Magnet cartridge, as it does not have enough gain for a Low Voltage Moving Coil cartridge. If you had a MC cartridge you would need a Step up transformer with the proper gain.
It's an MM.
Ok, So I think you have a setting that is wonky.
Dynamic Range compression —> off
1. Dolby D/Dolby D+/Dolby True HD set to PCM
Will ONLY give me video set to Bitstream
2. DTS/DTS-HD HD set to PCM
Will ONLY give me video set to Bitstream
3. BD-Video Secondary Audio set to ON
Bitstream will not work with all disks. BUT PCM will… Also the BD-Video Secondary audio is for your extra material on a disk.
I've never gotten PCM to produce audio OR video, in any setup. I've never gotten Secondary Audio with ANY settings.
You do not want to Downmix I think you can set it to PC
The only choices in "Downmix" are:
'Downmix methods can be switched for multi surround audio playback.
If a device that can switch from 2ch to Multi-ch surround is connected, select "Surround encoded"'
You do not want to set anything to DTS Neo:6,
DTS Neo:6 has always been off
I believe you can also Set your Video mode and Audio Mode to AUTO, that way it will change based on source material.
Here are Video settings available (UNLESS you go into options, where the number of choices is nightmarish)
Can only set "Video" > "Picture Mode" to:
Only available in "Picture Mode" > "User"
Auto* [where it's always been set]
* When "Auto is selected, the resolution will be optimally set for your TV in 1080p, 1080i, 720p or 480p
24p output: "off" or "on"*
<< *BD-Video/DVD-Video in 24p, please change this setting to "On" and then change "24p" to "On" located in OPTION >>
Like I said, this separate "option" button on the remote takes you into madhouse of settings, where the number of choices is nightmarish. Just to make it a little worse, you can only GET to OPTIONS at a certain point in the disk's startup, and there are so many choices, it's impossible to go through them all before the OPTIONS overlay screen times out, so for now, I've left the 24p to "off". I've also left "off" 'Deep Color Output' and 'Contents Type Flag'
So, after going through all that, the "F1" Blu-Ray STILL doesn't give me audio -- in either PCM or Bitstream -- in fact NOTHING gives me audio in Bitstream, though in some modes, I DO get video. Also, NO setup gives me secondary audio, period.
I have older, unused, Blu-Ray players and separate DVD players I'm going to try next, but I'm completely flummoxed. It may well be this brand new player is hosed, but it's about as easy getting hold of any kind of tech support at Panasonic that doesn't cost $100 per second as it is to call the Director of the CIA.
Thanks for your help! >>
I hope members of this forum understand this gibberish, and have some suggestions, other than taping C4 to the BD91 and blowing it to dust. Thankfully, I have no C4.