Digital Xbox 360 audio

You make an Xbox 360 digital audio connection by using an optical cable (called a Toslink).

Sending sound as pulses of light between your Xbox 360 and your stereo? Deeply, deeply cool.

Digital audio connection

To connect your Xbox 360 to your stereo using a digital cable, follow these steps:

1. Make sure you're using one of these Xbox 360 AV Cables that connects digital audio:

• Component HD cable

• Advanced SCART cable (United Kingdom)

Digital audio doesn't work with a SCART composite video adapter.

This is the only standard TV cable that works with digital audio.

2. Connect a Toslink cable to the connecting plug of your AV cable. You don't get this cable with the Xbox 360, so you need to pick one up. Turn the stereo volume down before you connect the cable.

3. Plug the Toslink cable into your receiver.

The manufacturer sometimes covers this input to prevent dust from damaging the input. Check your input; it may be covered by either

• A plastic shutter that moves automatically when you plug the connector in

• A small square-shaped plug in the input If the input has a plug, pull it out now.

4. Switch your receiver over to the digital audio source.

5. Fire up the Xbox 360 and pick the appropriate digital output type in the System blade.

The following section shows you how.

Digital output options

You can configure the Xbox 360 console's digital output to either digital stereo or Dolby Digital.

Dotby Digital setup

You definitely want this digital connection option if you're connecting your Xbox 360 to a device that either i Has the Dolby Digital logo i States that it supports Dolby Digital in the manual

Dolby Digital can support 5.1 surround sound (a system with five full-range speakers plus a subwoofer; you can read about surround sound and sub-woofers in the sections, "Surround sound" and "Subwoofer," later in this chapter.)

Dolby Digital (which is also known as AC-3) is the standard audio encoding on DVD movies.

If your audio system uses Dolby Digital, follow these steps to set up your Xbox 360 console for digital audio:

1. Open the System blade of the Xbox 360 Dashboard.

2. Select Console Settings from the list of options and then press the A button.

3. Select Audio from the list of options and then press the A button.

You see two options, Analog Output and Digital Output.

4. Choose Digital Output and press the A button.

Under Digital Output, you have three choices — Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, or Dolby Digital with WMA Pro.

5. Select Dolby Digital 5.1 and press the A button.

Windows Media Professional audio

Selecting Dolby Digital with WMA Pro affects the optical output only when you

I Listen to audio encoded in the Windows Media Professional format i View videos encoded in WMV-HD (Windows Media Video — High Definition), which encode their audio as WMA Pro

I Play sound through a receiver that supports WMA Pro input via optical

Your receiver also needs to support Dolby Digital because enabling WMA Pro automatically enables Dolby Digital as well. The output switches between the two formats, depending on what the content you're viewing or listening to has available.

If your sound system is compatible with Windows Media Professional, follow these steps to set up your Xbox 360 for WMA Pro output:

1. Select Console Settings from the list of options and then press the A button.

2. Select Audio from the list of options and press A.

You see two options, Analog Output and Digital Output.

3. Choose Digital and then press the A button.

Under Digital Output, you have three choices — Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital with WMA Pro (as shown in the figure).

4. Select Dolby Digital with WMA Pro and press the A button.

Consider using the Pro version of WMA when ripping music from CDs onto your PC. You can't get WMA Pro as a format choice when ripping CDs through Windows Media Player, but you can get it when doing your own audio/video authoring by using the Windows Media Encoder. See www.microsoft.com/windows/ windowsmedia/9series/encoder/defa ult.aspx for more information and to download the encoding software.

Digital stereo setup

If your audio system uses an optical system but can't use Dolby Digital, follow these steps to set up your Xbox 360 console:

1. Open the System blade of the Xbox 360 Dashboard.

2. Select Console Settings and press the A button.

3. Pick the Audio option.

4. Pick the Digital Output option.

Under Digital Output, you have three choices — Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital with WMA Pro.

5. Select Digital Stereo and press the A button.

Analog Xbox 360 audio

You make the analog audio connection with a pair of RCA jacks.

Usually, the two analog audio connections are two different colors:

1 Red for the right channel 1 White for the left channel

This has been the standard connection method since before the original Atari game console was released.

Don't have an optical input? Use analog audio and hook up with the RCA cables.

If you can't use an optical input, you have two ways to make an analog audio connection from your Xbox 360:

1 Directly to the audio system (receiver)

Connecting directly to the stereo system may improve sound quality a little bit. Usually, analog audio sounds better when you reduce the number of connections between the signal's source and its destination.

To make a direct connection to the audio system, you usually need an extra step when you switch to the Xbox 360 from other entertainment sources (such as a satellite box or a VCR). You have to switch both the TV and the receiver input.

1 Through the TV's audio input and output to the audio system

Extra connections may hurt the sound quality a little. Your TV set can automatically send the matching audio to your sound system when you change video sources (such as satellite boxes and VCRs).

Many TVs that have audio outputs have two options:

• Variable output: Adjusts its output volume based on the volume setting on the TV (and the TV remote control)

We recommend variable output for most situations because it lets you use your existing TV remote to control the volume.

• Fixed output (sometimes called "audio out" or "line out"): Volume is not adjustable with the TV remote control

Analog output tJ

If you use analog Xbox 360 audio output, you can choose between two types of output:

^ Mono (single-speaker sound)

If your TV or sound system has just one audio input jack (usually a white jack), use mono analog output.

^ Dolby Pro Logic II, which works with most analog sound systems:

• Standard stereo TV sound systems

• Two-speaker stereo sound systems

• Simulated surround sound systems (such as Dolby Virtual Surround and SRS TruSurround)

• Dolby Pro Logic surround sound

• Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1 surround sound

".1" surround sound systems, like Dolby Pro Logic II, can use a sub-woofer. You can read about subwoofers in the section, "Subwoofer," later in this chapter.

If you don't use a single-speaker mono sound system, skip to the section "Dolby Pro Logic II output," later in this chapter, to set up your multi-speaker analog audio system (even if your stereo TV or sound system doesn't actually use Dolby Pro Logic II).

Mono output

Mono puts all the game sounds through both Xbox 360 analog audio jacks (red and white).

Mono sound technology

When you use mono, it doesn't matter which Xbox 360 audio jack you connect to your sound system. If your TV sound system only has one audio jack (usually white), you may find this the best connection.

If you use mono sound with a multi-speaker sound system (like a stereo TV or a surround sound audio system), you can hear sound from all the speakers, but you can't tell the direction of the sound:

i If you're connected to a stereo audio system, Xbox 360 mono audio doesn't tell you whether sounds are on your left or right.

i If you're connected to a surround sound audio system, Xbox 360 mono audio doesn't tell you whether

• Sounds are behind or in front of you

• Sounds are on your left or right

Mono sound setup

If you need to use mono sound with your Xbox 360, follow these steps:

1. Open the System blade of the Xbox 360 Dashboard.

2. Select Console Settings and press the A button.

3. Pick the Audio option.

4. Pick the Analog Output option.

Under Analog Output, you have two choices (as you can see in Figure 9-1):

5. Select Mono and press the A button.

Dolby Pro Logic II output

You may find Dolby Pro Logic II the best analog audio setting if your sound system has i More than one analog audio input channel

Usually a red input jack and a white input jack i More than one speaker

Depending on the audio device that you connect to your Xbox 360 console, the Dolby Pro Logic II analog output can produce either stereo (two channel) sound or 5.1 surround sound. You may want to choose the surround sound option, even if you only connect to a normal stereo because this choice gives you an output that works for non-surround stereo as well.

After you make your choices, press the B button to go back to the main Console Settings page. The audio option highlights and shows you the current settings that you've chosen for both analog and digital.

Figure 9-1:

You have only two options for analog output, Mono or Dolby Pro Logic II.

Figure 9-1:

You have only two options for analog output, Mono or Dolby Pro Logic II.

You have your audio set up for both games and for DVD movies, so you end up with Dolby Pro Logic II or Dolby Digital for both types of media.

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