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Tomdabomb09
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PS3 as a CD Player

 

I am currently using my PS3 as a CD player and it doesn't sound very good. The music sounds very busy, and there is poor seperation between instruments. I have it connected via optical toslink to a V-Dac,  which is connected to a Denon AVR-2807 receiver via RCA cables. The receiver is hooked up to a pair of stereo speakers and set to Stereo. Is the PS3 just not a very good CD player, or do I have a setting wrong? The audio settings are very complex and confusing. Here is how I have them...

 

BD/DVD - Audio Output Format (HDMI): Linear PCM

BD - Audio Output Format (Optical Digital): Bitstream Direct

Output Frequency: 44.1/88.2/176.4 kHz

Bitmapping: Type 3

 

Do I have a setting wrong or is the PS3 just not a very good CD player? I find that hard to believe, since the original play station is supposed to be so good.

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Try direct connection

As I understand your connections you have the PS3 connected to the V-Dac and then to the Denon. I suggest that you connect the PS3 directly to the Denon, i.e. elimate the V-Dac from the setup, and check if that improves the sound. The Denon may be converting the analog audio signal from the V-DAC back to digital and then back again to analog. I know that sounds kind of strange but this exactly what many AV receivers do although I could not verify if this is how the Denon works.

Anyway my suggestion is no cost and easy to do so it's worth trying.

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Thanks for the suggesttion.

Thanks for the suggesttion. I'll definitely try it. If that is what's going on, is that a setting I can turn off? It would be a shame to have wasted $400 on a V-Dac

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Direct mode
Tomdabomb09 wrote:

Thanks for the suggesttion. I'll definitely try it. If that is what's going on, is that a setting I can turn off? It would be a shame to have wasted $400 on a V-Dac

The Denon may not convert analog audio inputs to digital but then again it just might. See if there is a setting for "Source Direct" or something similar and give that a try as well. Good luck!

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I now have my Denon AVR-2807

I now have my Denon AVR-2807 on "Pure Direct" mode, still connected through the V-DAC, cause I want that converting the audio, and it sounds much better. I also realized that the V-DAC can only decode 2-channel audio. I'm assuming with a CD that is what the PS3 is outputting, but when I'm playing blu-rays can that be a problem? I only have a 2 speaker set up right now.

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HDMI

Out of curiosity have you tried using the HDMI connection from the PS3 to the Denon?  How did that sound?

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