View Full Version : PS3 - No LFE Subwoofer effects? 5.0?
02-23-2008, 10:02 AM
Just signed up to the forum to ask why it appears that the PS3 version has zero LFE Subwoofer action? Its more like 5.0 than 5.1 :(
My setup is sound and it plays movies fine and is calibrated correctly. The Sony amp I am using has a LFE output indicator and the sub itself (Mission) has a sleep power mode, meaning that it shuts off after about 10 minutes with nothing to do. This game does not use LFE effects at all, and I have noticed this with another game recently, Burnout Paradise.
Anyone know why this is or how to rectify? Thanks
02-23-2008, 12:52 PM
It's damn hard to troubleshoot this online. I think either you don't have audio setting set up correctly in the PS3, or your reciever is sending the lower frequencies to your towers instead of your Sub. Also. f your sub has frequency settings, make sure they are lowered to pick up the lows.
02-24-2008, 10:11 AM
Sorry, I should explain a bit better, it appears that in-game (not cutscenes) are 5.0 on the PS3, not 5.1, it appears to drop the .1 LFE effects.
Forgetting about cut-over frequencies and the like, if you set your speakers to SMALL on an AV amp, ALL bass frequencies (whatever range you want to quote) are sent to the SUB to process. If, on the other hand they are LARGE, then they will process bass, but only those frequencies produced by the 5 channels, NOT the .1 LFE track.
The .1 LFE, regardless of the SMALL / LARGE settings, has to be present in the mix, be it DD or DTS etc. The .1 LFE track is ALWAYS sent to the sub, never anywhere else. These 2 games are missing the .1 LFE track, pure and simple.
If you want proof of this, on your amp set your speakers to LARGE and play a typical DVD/BD movie thats it DD5.1 or DTS 5.1 etc. Your sub will still be kicking out because the .1 track is being sent to the sub. Try one of those 2 games and it will do nothing (*apart from U3's cut scenes!, which kind of proves my point that the in-game mix is missing .1)
02-24-2008, 03:14 PM
i don't have a PS3, so, how many OUTPUT wires are coming from it for connecting to external sources?
i have a Sony STR-DE485 A/V receiver, and with every sound card i've used it requires three wires:
one for left channel, one for right channel, and one
which contains the center / subwoofer channel.
with an older pc sound card, i ran it into the "multi-in" input jacks, and the receiver has its own "subwoofer out" jack which i then run into an un-coupled 200 watt Pioneer receiver to power the sub.
does your a/v receiver have its own "subwoofer" output jack, or are you using a sub setup which runs the outputs through the sub, which then has wires leading to the other speakers?
if you run the wires through the sub first, then to other speakers, then the sub's cutover frequency certainly DOES come into play.
does your a/v have a selection in the menus to select subwoofer output?, and if so you do have it set to yes, right?
and what kind of speakers are you actually using?
the whole speaker setup covers almost two pages in my manual, hard to reproduce it all here.
maybe if you tell me the model number of your Sony A/V i can do a little research on it after d/l'ing the operating instructions, they can get kinda complicated.
could this have something to do with the PS3 itself?
what kind of outputs does it have?
i remeber my son's xbox needed a "high-def" audio pack adapter or somesuch to output really high-def audio output, but i hope they've come along way since then.
pardon the pun, but it SOUNDS like you should be ok, so more info's needed - or somebody else who's had PS3 experience?
i need more coffee.
02-24-2008, 03:35 PM
I use the optical out on the ps3, ya many games on the ps3 seem to have muted subs. The movies play fine tho.
02-24-2008, 07:27 PM
I have the PS3 version of this game and use an HDMI cable to carry both my audio and video and have no problems with my sub producing sounds. I think it's something with your settings. It might also help that both my tv and sterio systems are sony products. I guess you could say I'm somewhat of a fan boy?
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