Can't get 5.1 audio

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  1. markmcrobie
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    I just got my Switch, to replace my Wii U.

    My TV (Samsung 65KS8000) is connected to my receiver (Sony HT-SS1200) via optical. My Sky Q box, Xbox One S, PS4 Pro are all connected to the TV by HDMI. But when I connected the Wii U this way, it wouldn't do 5.1 audio. However if I connected it to the receiver via HDMI, the 5.1 audio worked fine.

    Now, though, I can't 5.1 audio from the Switch no matter whether I connect it directly to the TV via HDMI, then TV > receiver via optical, or connect the Switch to the receiver via HDMI and the receiver to the TV via HDMI too (which is the setup that worked on Wii U).

    I went into Switch settings and set audio to "Surround", no change.
     


  2. driverdis

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    The game itself has to support 5.1 surround, like how the Wii U had games that were only stereo and some had 5.1
    any sort of optical connection will never do 5.1 on the Switch or Wii U as it does not encode PCM into Dolby Digital or DTS like how the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PS4 can. (PS3 could to but it was dependent on the source video or game)
     
  3. RayD97

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    You're not alone with this problem..
    That little surround sound test it does after selecting surround sound doesn't come out of all my speakers.
     
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  4. NutymcNuty

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    I don't think the switch supports 5.1, only stereo, but don't quote me on it.
     
  5. markmcrobie
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    You're kidding me?

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    I only have Zelda. I'm sure it was 5.1 on my Wii U
     
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    BotW and most Nintendo games had Surround.
    Switch doesn't seem to support Surround for now, atleast by looking at it's system.
     
  7. kargath

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    ? The switch definitely already supports surround sound when docked. It's in the menu and can be selected (for docked mode) even when you're in handheld mode. You may have been looking at the sound setting for handheld mode, which does not support surround sound.
     
  8. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

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    zelda was in 5.1 when i was playing it on my Yamaha receiver. surround was deff working i could hear noises all around me when in forests etc from my back and surround speakers.
     
  9. sorabora

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    What happens during the 5.1 surround sound test that occurs after you select "surround sound" in the Switch system settings? I have the same TV, and have also done the Switch > TV > A/V (via ARC) setup and multi-channel 5.1 PCM worked perfectly.

    I got the Yamaha 781 a few days ago so I can get back to everything going through my A/V and, again, everything works fine.
     
  10. Mochu

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    If i'm not mistaken , Switch just like Wii U doesn't use any kind of compressed surround sound (DD 5.1 or DTS) so only uncompressed PCA 5.1 is supported, if your receiver doesn't support it then it wont work.
     
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  11. markmcrobie
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    I got it working on Wii U though.
     
  12. nopantzplz

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    ARC is the same as a SPDIF connection, meaning it can only send DD5.1, DTS and LPCM 2.0. There's just not enough bandwith for LPCM 5.1, which is why it doesn't work. The PS4 can encode your audio "on the fly" to DD5.1/DTS (it sends LPCM by default), not sure about the Xbone, never had one. Nintendo however doesn't want to spring for a DD/DTS license (not their style really), and they ONLY support LPCM.

    However, the PROPER way to do this is to connect all of your devices to the AVR, and do switching there, leaving ARC only for, well, audio return channel :D Think cable TV (if you're using straight coaxial with a smart card, not a cable box) or apps like netflix running on the TV itself.
     
  13. wurstpistole

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    The Switch can only do uncompressed PCM, as well as the WiiU, as Ninty probably didn't feel like paying any fees for Dolby Digital or DTS. Thus, if your receiver doesn't support uncompressed PCM 5.1, you're out of luck. You won't get 5.1 that way.
     
  14. alpha_noj

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    Just to make sure, your TV supports pass through for audio? Most don't, which is why people generally go through the receiver to the TV.
     
  15. Bladexdsl

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    guess it's time to get a Yamaha :P
     
  16. Wiisel

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    Just checked on my crappy Yamaha RX-V367 and besides prologic 2 modes it seems the best I can get is 2.1 pcm.
    Is Zelda even 5.1?
     
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    it is on my old Yamaha RX-V673
     
  18. nopantzplz

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    Nope, checked it for you, it has HDMI 1.4b inputs. You can do LPCM 5.1, Dolby Digital, DTS, and Matrix-encoded spacial like Pro Logic II (usefull for those older consoles like Gamecube/Wii/PS2). What it can't do is HD spacial, like DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, Atmos or DTS-X, but no console uses it as of today. And yeah, BotW does 5.1 on my WiiU

    Hi-5, i have a 679 :D
     
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  19. kumikochan

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    Nintendo doesn't support some formats like dolby pro and such
     
  20. Wiisel

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    Indeed it does I just got in from work had another cycle through the programs and found it. I really do hate the amount of sound modes this amp has compared to my old Sony with it's simple 3 buttons.