How to use Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD with your PS3

You do your homework before picking out gear, and you know that the PS3 can deliver Blu-ray audio bliss courtesy lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA tracks. One look at all the configuration options in the PS3's XMB (Xross Media Bar) interface, however, and you might find yourself wondering how to unlock the those audio codecs. In this installment of HD 101, we'll briefly cover the reason for the confusion and then go through setting up your PS3 for lossless audio step-by-step.

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DragonWarrior_43490d ago

I just use my Bose 321 system and im straight. Not many games use DTS btw.

Squirtforce3490d ago

Isn't the 321 just two speakers and a sub? That's not even surround sound, which is a shame for how much of a ripoff it is price-wise...

DarkSavior3490d ago

Besides the fact that Bose stinks, pretty much all next gen games are 5.1 surround sound. The 321 is only a 2.1, don't get me wrong it beats Tv speakers any day

badz1493490d ago

like said in the article, HDMI is the only option for lossless TrueHD sound. what a bummer for me! I have my PS3 connected via HDMI straight to my HDTV but I'm using a Yamaha TSS-10 I bought 6 years ago for 5.1 surround sound connected via optical. I know that I'm not getting the trueHD sound but that's the best I can get at the moment plus, I have a small room which is making my small surround system seems enough! I might go for a better reciever if onle they are not so damned expensive! I'd rather spend my bucks on buying games because that alone is already making me broke!


lol, those bose cost like 2.5 k.

i had em.....theyre loud and create surround sound, but lack the TRUE "POW" of a 5.1 or 7.1 system that costs much less.

phosphor1123490d ago

Yeah, its 5.1 surround sound, but I can't get the TruHD and DTS-HD because of optical. I also use a 1080 monitor..and while it does have speakers in them, they are stereo..also 1 watt..lmao.

Would anyone know if I can buy a 5.1 receiver, plug in the HDMI there, then the HDMI from the receiver to my ps3? I've never actually worked with an HD receiver before.


pm me your setup and ill help you

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xbollox3490d ago

the (only) cool thing about HDMI is that we can get pure PCM multichannel digital audio: nothing beats this

we don't need dolby digital, DTS and all that crap anymore: capice?

and with bluray, even movies get the crystal clear PCM treatment.

cjp4eva3490d ago

<Bose is horrible. Go Onkyo at least, you'll notice the difference.

Vagrant_13490d ago

is the better of all of them hands down

Kleptic3489d ago

Agreed, as its been proven by many Home Theater tests...but its still very rare on BD...

this is a great article...I had figured this out for my setup a while ago...but its always nice to have a site come out and explain to people...again...that a PS3 can in fact decode PCM lossless formats...all of them...any home theater forum with a thread related to lossless audio and blu ray...will have at least one guy screaming that a PS3 won't decode it, only that it will 'send' which case you need an brand new receiver capable of decoding it...which is wrong...but because its slightly confusing in the menu of the PS3, they won't believe you...

but to anyone wondering...this applies to blu ray only at this point...several games have 7.1 channel sound...but not lossless stuff...its in the forum of DTS ES, or DD EX...both of which are discrete 7.1 sound, but in the standard compression used on DVD...

Ldubbz3490d ago

I wasnt aware that the PS3 did the decoding in the system, then spit out the PCM...very good to know. I thought I HAD to get a 7.1 receiver that decoded Dolby/DTS HD, but you really just need a system that supports HDMI; a lot of the 7.1 AV Receivers do NOT include decoders for those codecs believe it or not, at least not under $400 or so.

I dont know if Ill even go through the trouble though; the Dolby Digital 5.1 sounds great anyhow, and the lossless is really not made for those with smaller home theatre setups; all that uncompressed audio introduces a very low and high-sounds that can be trouble to play correctly.

For example, you may have to turn it up to hear all the dialogue, but when the big explosion comes on, its WAY too loud. The solution is to compress the audio (sound frequency compression, not file compression) coming out, but then whats the point of having full frequency if youre just gonna crush it down.

PirateThom3490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

I think there's an option on the PS3 to account for low voice volume if you use PCM, unless that does compress the sound as you mention. I don't have a good surround set up, so I have no idea.

LCF3490d ago (Edited 3490d ago )

Its Dynamic Range control you access it while playing the DVD movie. Its for Dolby Digital. DD is inherently low due to their method of compression. The Dynamic Range control is used to boost dialog in the soundscape.DTS makes best use of all audio codex. DTS HD master audio is the most true to the 8 channel sound from the studio mix to date. Listen to Master and Commander far side of the world in DTS HD Master audio, the soundscape is absolute breath taking. I can't wait for Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray. 1080p Video and 7.1 DTS HD master audio should end up as a showcase for any home theater system.

Sarcasm3489d ago

"I can't wait for Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray. 1080p Video and 7.1 DTS HD master audio should end up as a showcase for any home theater system."

Amen. Can't wait for it either.

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