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Onkyo TX-NR708 and listening to TV in 5.1 surround sound

I am planning to buy an Onkyo TX NR708 AV receiver. I understand that in order to process a stereo audio signal & create a virtual 5.1 surround sound effect, one needs either the Dolby Pro Logic II or the DTS Neo:6 processing format.

The Onkyo TX NR 708 has Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby True HD & Digital Plus & DTS HD Master Audio processing formats.

Will I still be able to hear a virtual surround sound when I am watching TV (through my Virgin set top box)?

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Onkyo 5.1 Virtual Surround
by: Ringmaster

I've never dealt with "virtual" surround; but, try to verify that the dialog is audible, especially when the actors speak in low tones, or whispering

Virtual Surround
by: Paul (Site Editor)

You certainly will. Connect your Virgin box into the receiver via HDMI. Your receiver will automatically play a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack - although there aren't many, mainly on the HD channels.

For every stereo audio signal (most TV shows), you can choose on your receiver to listen in 2-channel stereo or to use one of the 'virtual' surround formats like Dolby Pro Logic II or DTS Neo:6.

There is a link below to our guide to the different listening modes that you will find on most AV receivers.

All the best.


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