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Sony PS3 (Playstation 3) Audio Video Home Theater

The video and audio capabilities of the Sony PS3. How to setup the PS3 for home theater configurations.

SONY PS3 CONNECTIONS

Example Configurations for Connecting your PS3

There are multiple methods to connect a Sony PS3 to an HDTV or standard TV and for connecting a PS3 to an Audio/Video Receiver (AVR). If you have a recent HDTV and/or AVR it will probably include one or more HDMI inputs. This is a digital interface that carries video and audio and can support the highest quality video and audio formats provided by the PS3 and Blu-ray Discs.

Some common equipment configurations are described below. The specific configurations considered below range from the simplest case with just a PS3 and a HDTV display, to more complex home theater configurations where the PS3 is connected to an input on an Audio/Video Receiver (AVR) and the output of the AVR is connected to an HDTV display. For all configurations it is suggested you start with the following PS3 audio and video settings as selected starting from the display showing the PS3's XMB and then using the "Settings" drop-down menu:

XMB >>> Settings >>> Display Settings >>>

* Cross Color Reduction Filter=OFF

* RGB Full Range (HDMI)=LIMITED

* Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super-White (HDMI)=ON

XMB >>> Settings >>> Video Settings* >>>

* Cinema Conversion=AUTOMATIC

* DVD Wide Mode Display=LETTERBOX

* Upscale=NORMAL

* BD/DVD Video Output Format (HDMI)=AUTOMATIC

* BD 1080P 24Hz Output (HDMI)=AUTOMATIC

* BD/DVD Dynamic Range Control=OFF)

* BD/DVD Audio Output Format (HDMI)= see below

* BD Audio Output Format (Optical Digital)=BITSTREAM

* "Video Settings" was called "BD/DVD Settings" with PS3 firmware prior to version 2.50

Configuration 1: PS3 connected to a HDTV (that has at least one HDMI input) and using the HDTV’s speakers for the audio (i.e, not using a separate audio system).

This is the simplest case and you only need to use a HDMI cable on each end to connect the HDMI output of the PS3 to a HDMI input on your HDTV. You then use your HDTV’s remote control to select the HDMI input that you used, and the PS’s video and audio will come through your HDTV.

Suggested PS3 Audio and Video additional Settings for Configuration 1 (starting from XMB and Settings drop down menu):

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Display Settings >>> Video Output Settings = HDMI >>> Setting Method=AUTOMATIC

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Video Settings* >>> BD/DVD Audio Output Format (HDMI)=LINEAR PCM

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Sound Settings >>> Audio Output Settings >>> HDMI >>> Method for Setting the Output Format=AUTOMATIC

Configuration 2: PS3 connected to an HDTV using a Component Video Input for HD video and you are using the HDTV’s speakers for the audio.



This is a type of analog connection that uses 3 individual connectors, frequently identified with red, blue and green colored connectors, to carry the HD video signal. The PS3 does not come with a component video cable and if your HDTV requires you to use component video for your HD video input then you will need to purchase one that is specifically intended for use with the PS3. These cables have a “Multi-AV” connector on one end (that plugs into the PS3) and the 3 video connectors and two audio connectors on the other end. Do not confuse this with the Composite Video and Audio connector this is supplied with the PS3 that has red, white and yellow connectors. Composite video is only for standard definition and not HD. Component video is limited to a maximum resolution of 1080i and cannot support the maximum resolution 1080p mode of the PS3. This is just a limitation of your HDTV and be assured the PS3 is still fully compatible with your HDTV. The Multi-AV/Component Video cables sold for use with the PS3 also include 2 cables to carry analog stereo audio to you HDTV.

Suggested PS3 Audio and Video additional Settings (starting from XMB and Settings drop down menu):

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Display Settings >>> Video Output Settings = COMPONENT / D-TERMINAL >>> Select All Resolutions Supported by Your HDTV

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Video Settings* >>> BD Audio Output Format (Optical Digital**)= LINEAR PCM (assuming your HDTV is typical and only outputs 2-channel stereo with its built-in speakers or if your HDTV supports surround sound you can select BITSTREAM)

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Sound Settings >>> Audio Output Settings >>> Select the connector..= select DIGITAL OUTPUT (OPTICAL**) if you are using a optical digital audio connection from the PS3 to your HDTV -or- select AUDIO INPUT CONNECTOR / SCART / AV MULTI if you are using an analog stereo connection from the PS3's Multi-AV connector to you HDTV stereo input

Configuration 3: PS3 connected to a recent model AVR, with HDMI inputs, and the AVR HDMI output is connected to your recent HDTV.



In this case you can simply use an HDMI cable to connect from the HDMI output on your PS3 to an available HDMI input on your AVR. Then use another HDMI cable to connect the HDMI output of your AVR to an available HDMI input on your HDTV. Your AVR will receive the digital audio data (decoded and provided in multi-channel LPCM format) from the PS3, will process it then output the audio to the connected speakers. The AVR will also pass the digital video data on to your HDTV for display.

Suggested PS3 Audio and Video additional Settings (starting from XMB and Settings drop down menu):

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Display Settings >>> Video Output Settings = HDMI >>> Setting Method=AUTOMATIC

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Video Settings* >>> BD/DVD Audio Output Format (HDMI)=LINEAR PCM - Note: if you have the "PS3 Slim" model and your AVR supports Dolby TruHD and DTS HD-MA decoding then you can alternatively set the PS3 to output the BD/DVD audio in Bitstream format and let the AVR do the decoding.

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Sound Settings >>> Audio Output Settings >>> HDMI >>> Method for Setting the Output Format=AUTOMATIC

Configuration 4: PS3 connected to a recent HDTV with HDMI and connected to an older AVR via optical digital audio cable (i.e., Toslink).



In this case you should use an HDMI cable to connect from the HDMI output on your PS3 directly an available HDMI input on your HDTV. Then use an optical digital audio cable (i.e., Toslink) to connect the PS3 digital audio output to an available optical digital input on your AVR. Your AVR will receive the digital audio data (with the PS3 set to provide bitstream output via it optical digital audio output) from the PS3 via the optical cable. The AVR will decode/process it then output the audio to the connected speakers. The HD video will be sent directly to your HDTV via the HDMI connection. Note that optical digital audio is limited to only carrying the basic Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound formats (essentially as provided with DVD players but in some cases with BD's you will get somewhat higher bit rates) and cannot carry the highest fidelity surround sound formats supported on some Blu-ray Discs. This is a limitation of having an AVR that does not support HDMI inputs, but in this case the PS3 can be configured to still be compatible with your existing equipment.

Suggested PS3 Audio and Video additional Settings if your AVR has decoding for basic Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound** (starting from XMB and Settings drop down menu):

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Display Settings >>> Video Output Settings = HDMI >>> Setting Method=AUTOMATIC

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Video Settings* >>> BD Audio Output Format (Optical Digital)=BITSTREAM

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Sound Settings >>> Audio Output Settings >>> Select the connector..= DIGITAL OUTPUT (OPTICAL)**



Configuration 5: PS3 connected to an HDTV using Component Video Input for HD video and for the audio the PS3 is connected to an older AVR via optical digital audio cable (i.e., Toslink).

This is a type of analog connection that uses 3 individual connectors, frequently identified with red, blue and green colored connectors, to carry the HD video signal. The PS3 does not come with a component video cable and if your HDTV requires you to use component video for your HD video input then you will need to purchase one that is specifically intended for use with the PS3. These cables have a “Multi-AV” connector on one end (that plugs into the PS3) and the 3 video connectors and two audio connectors on the other end. Do not confuse this with the Composite Video and Audio connector this is supplied with the PS3 that has red, white and yellow connectors. Composite video is only for standard definition and not HD. Component video is limited to a maximum resolution of 1080i and cannot support the maximum resolution 1080p mode of the PS3. This is just a limitation of your HDTV and be assured the PS3 is still fully compatible with your HDTV. The Multi-AV/Component Video cables sold for use with the PS3 may also include 2 cables to carry analog stereo audio to you HDTV.

However in this case you will want to use the PS3's optical digital audio output and using a optical digital audio cable (also called Toslink cable) connect it to the optical digital audio input of your AVR. Note that optical digital audio is limited to only carrying the basic Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound formats (essentially as provided with DVD players but in some cases with BD's you will get somewhat higher bit rates) and cannot carry the highest fidelity surround sound formats supported on some Blu-ray Discs. This is a limitation of having an AVR that does not support HDMI inputs, but in this case the PS3 can be configured to still be compatible with your existing equipment.

Suggested PS3 Audio and Video additional Settings if your AVR has decoding for basic Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound** (starting from XMB and Settings drop down menu):

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Display Settings >>> Video Output Settings = COMPONENT / D-TERMINAL >>> Select All Resolutions Supported by Your HDTV

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Video Settings* >>> BD Audio Output Format (Optical Digital)=BITSTREAM

* XMB >>> Settings >>> Sound Settings >>> Audio Output Settings >>> Select the connector..= DIGITAL OUTPUT (OPTICAL)**



NOTES FOR ABOVE EXAMPLES

** If you are using the Optical Digital Audio output from the PS3, once it is selected under the menu entries for:

....XMB >>> Sound Settings >>> Audio Output Settings >>> Optical Digital you will then need to add a check mark for each audio format your specific AVR supports.

By default "Linear PCM 2 Ch. 44.1 kHz" and "Linear PCM 2 Ch. 48 kHz" are always selected and you must select which additional formats your AVR supports. Most modern AVRs, will support at least "Dolby Digital 5.1 Ch." and most also "DTS 5.1 Ch." Check your AVR owner's manual if in doubt. If you have an older AVR that includes decoding for Dolby Digital but not DTS then you must configure the settings for PS3's Digital Output (Optical) so that DTS is not enabled (i.e., not checked). If the PS3 is configured to not support DTS, then when playing BDs that have only a DTS Surround audio track (in your selected language), the PS3 will decode the DTS audio track and output 2-channel stereo audio in PCM format via the PS3's optical output. In this case you may want to enable Dolby Pro-Logic on your AVR to recover some surround sound information.





 


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