Moving to 4K, a couple of issues
Working on home theater for downstairs, bought a Sony STR-ZA3000ES used, added some speakers and got that all working with music from an old CD player I had. It also worked playing bluray from a non 4K player, but I only had a couple of blueray music disks to test it with.
Spin forward to yesterday where we picked up a 4K UHD TV from Costco (Samsung NU-7100), got it mounted on a ceiling mount and everything hooked up. Put on the blueray video and it started playing music, but my wife noticed the vocals were very distant, and she was right.
If I switched the Receiver to 2 chan stereo, the voice came out, but any other mode it would muffle into the distance, as though there was a channel missing.
I thought maybe it was the HDMI cable, so swapped that out with a 4K cable, but that did nothing. Is this because the blueray player is not 4K?
Just for more information, everything plugs into the Receiver via HDMI, and there is a single HDMI out to TV. Video works fine.
I moved our popcorn box from the upstairs TV and got it all connected and flipped on a few movies and they all worked great, no issues with sound or video, great rumble, house shaking, it was awesome, but then I tried playing some music from the popcorn box and it has similar issues to the bluray except from here there is no sound at all. I have not tried swapping out the cable yet, will try that this morning, but this popcorn box is also not 4K.
Is this what I should expect when plugging non 4K devices into a 4K receiver?
I am wondering if I should upgrade to 4K devices, or is this issue going to remain if I do?
Do the cables make any difference when plugging them into non 4K devices?