I have Hilary Hahn Brahms/Stravinsky violin concertos (sony classical) and mine has all channels, check your player settings maybe? Is this the disc you refer to?
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Sogood51...Thanks for the answer. My player settings are fine. That's why I mentioned the other Sony disc which is OK. When you say that your disc "has" all channels, do you mean that the soloist is almost entirely in the center channel? This is usual recording practice.
To play my disc I need to use the available 2-channel stereo signals and put them through Dolby Pro Logic to get a center channel, but this is ridiculous when I'm starting out with what is supposed to be a multichannel disc.
Eldartford, the center channel on this disc is blended in pretty much with the front L/R channels with very little use of solo center info. I know some disc's use center for soloist but this one is pretty much equal across the front three channels on my system with just about the right amount of rear channel blend. Paints a pretty nice picture from the listening chair. You may want to return your disc as it must have a defect. I also have a DVD audio player and have one disc (Grateful Dead American Beauty) out of all my DVD audio's that will not let me play the dvd audio layer for some reason (bummer) have to listen to it in DD for multichannel. I think both format's are great and like you said in your post, there is no clear winner and depends on mastering of disc.