I have been playing cd's through my Ps3, Bad idea?
Not a bad idea at all. That's how I listen to CDs. However connect it using optical or HDMI and ensure that 2 channel 88k/176k are checked. Then in the music settings, have 44/88/176k chosen and bitmapping set to type 3. Out of the box, the default setting is 48k, not 44k. Even with 88k and 176k checked, it'll still output 48k until it's changed in the music settings.
Your Yamaha should now receive a 176k 2 channel or multichannel signal with your PS3 doing the upsampling with some 'propretiary' (sp?) bitmapping. It should sound great. Bitmapping type 3 seems to smooth the digital edgeiness. I find it helps reveal some air and ambience. It's more evidient at louder volumes.
You can also mess around with the bitmapping to see which you prefer. Turn bitmapping off and uncheck 2 channel 88k/176k to make the PS3 a pure CD transport. It will output 2 channel 44k.
MP3s on the PS3 however, still output at 48k. I have not found a way to have it output at it's original bitrate rate (usually 44k) yet.
I have had the ps3 only a short time, and havent really checked out all the features yet. But thanks for the info! I will jump right into the manual for some "thorough" reading.
1. If you were not already aware Apple has recently upgraded sound quality on like 75% of songs available on itunes. Its called itunes plus. Instead of the music being 128kpbs its 256kbps which is closer to CD quality. Also its DRM free which means you dont have limits on how many computers/devices you can store the music on. So when you go the the itunes store on the right hand side there is a link for itunes plus. If you click it, it will tell you which of your music is available to upgrade to the higher bitrate...its a small fee, but definately worth it, as i've tested it out after doing the updgrade. But no downloaded music is available in appelossless
2. If you have put your CD's you own into itunes, did you download them as applelossless? To check just right click on one of the songs and press get info. Then press the info button and at the bottom it will say the bit-rate. If its 128kbps its no in applelossless. If it is it will say like 24mb's or ya know around that area of size. If you want to re-download your music in applelossless go to itunes and click on the edit button at the top. Under the drop down choose "preferences" which is the last option. A small screen will pop up, and under that first general section choose import settings. Then choose Apple Lossless encoder. Now you set it to encode your CD's into apple lossless whenever you put them on itunes. If you have a smaller storage ipod be careful though because the apple lossless songs take up alot more space.
Steve, you have cleared up alot of things for me. I was using Lime Wire to download music, then dragging it to itunes for my library, and then would sync to the i-pod. A friend set it up for me this way, probably why im getting crappy sound. Im new at this so, i will heed your advice on the downloading, thanks for all the help, hope i wasnt aggravating.
ahhhh i gotcha. Limewire download quality is all over the place, thats why i decided to just buck up and pay lol. So i guess there is not much that can be done about that. There are plenty of other free download servers out there that will give you better quality though. And no man your not aggravating no worries.