Originally Posted by Seegs108
Does it say its outputting at 5.1 or playing/decoding a 5.1 audio track? There's a big difference there. My guess is that it's using the 5.1 audio and displays that it's the audio that it's decoding, but if you have stereo 2 channel audio selected in the menu it should be downmixing the audio and outputting as such. Also, your TV can't accept and downmix audio? If there is truly a problem with the output from the PS3, typically most TVs have the capability to downmix audio from source equipment. Play around with the settings on your TV to see if you can fix the issue there.
To answer your question....I truly don't know if the PS3 display means its outputting 5.1 or decoding it. I don't know if pushing SELECT on the PS3 and bringing up the info bar gives the information it's getting from the disc or OUTPUTTING to the tv. I called up Sony Tech Support and they didn't even know. Can't find any information on it online either, so I have been unable to get a definitive answer.
All I know is that I am selecting 2-channel in the PS3's Blu-Ray Sound Output settings and the resulting Blu-Ray dialogue is at a whisper level, even when raising the volume on the tv. The only workaround I have discovered is to go into the TV's sound options and tinker with the EQ, bring up various high range levels, and to activate "Auto Volume", which equalizes the sounds somewhat.
On my old PS3 FAT system (before it died), Blu-Ray sound and dialogue was more or less fine, on the exact same tv. It was somewhat low, but always audible....not like now. It never required any tinkering in sound settings on my part.
Edited by PS3Confused - 3/2/14 at 9:43pm