confused about connections for dvd-a and sadc

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  1. jason maxwell

    jason maxwell Auditioning

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    Before I started reading this forum I bought the black album on dvd-a and played it through my sanyo dvd player to my rca receiver via optic cable.All my speaker symbols lit up as it started to play and I thought it sounded great.But after reading the forums for a couple of days alot of people say you have to use 6 cables to connect to be able to listen to dvd-a or sadc.
    The big question is ,am I hearing the real deal or is it some type of layer?
    Thanks ,Jason
     
  2. Ed Moxley

    Ed Moxley Cinematographer

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    If you're listening through the optical cable, you are listening to the Dolby Digital or DTS track, since it's showing all speakers lit up. This is like the audio in a movie or a concert dvd, such as The Eagle's "Hell Freezes Over" concert dvd.
    To listen to the High Resolution 5.1 surround tracks of a dvd-a or sacd, you MUST have the 6 analog cables out from dvd player into the 6 analog inputs on receiver. Then you use the Multi-channel selection on receiver(Denon uses EXT. IN), instead of dvd selection.If your dvd player doesn't have the 6 analog outputs on the back, then it's not capable of playing the HiRes 5.1 surround tracks of dvd-a or sacd. And, your receiver has to have the 6 analog inputs too.
     
  3. Dave Schofield

    Dave Schofield Second Unit

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    This being the "basics" area, how much better is DVD-Audio vs., say, Dolby Digital?

    Thanks!
     
  4. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

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    Very significant! you *MUST* use 6 analog cables to take advantage of the high-res on SACD/DVDA. Otherwise you are NOT listening to MLP/DSD, only the lossy DD/DTS tracks.
     
  5. Brian E

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    You didn't mention if your player was DVD-A capable. AFAIK Sanyo doesn't make one so the best you're going to get right now is the DD or DTS track you've been listening to.
     
  6. Ed Moxley

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    You can get the Pioneer DV 563A at Best Buy or Circuit City pretty cheap. It plays both dvd-a and sacd discs! Circuit City had it on sale a week or so ago, for about $135...........
    Good luck!

    It's well worth the upgrade to the Pioneer.... [​IMG]
     
  7. Adam.Heckman

    Adam.Heckman Second Unit

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    2nd that.

    Bought it at best buy two weekend ago, along with the Black Album (and 3 Doors Down). I now own around a half dozen DVD-A and SACD titles. The player was 150. Good deal if you concider it's about 1/4 the cost of the next lowest priced model, and those of us that can't build multi-thousand dollar systems probably won't be able to hear the difference.
    Before you make the purchace, make sure your reciever has analog ins.
    It's also a decent DVD player. I switched from a Samsung p231 and the colors looked a lot better on my philips widescreen 30" HD. Bit sharper too, i'd say.

    Disclaimer: all assesments in previous post were made by a relative 'newbie'.

    Take it easy. Let us know how everything works out.
     

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