Denon 3803 - How Do I Manually Decode DD-EX?

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  1. Edward J M

    Edward J M Cinematographer

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    It seems a common problem that many DD-EX DVDs lack the auto flag feature for DD-EX.

    If a DVD does not auto flag the DD-EX decoder on a Denon 3803, exactly how do I manually set it for decoding a DD-EX signal?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lewis Besze

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    Press "surround back" button on the remote,or on the front panel.
     
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    Thank you for the reply, Lewis.

    This receiver is currently at a friend's house, and I'm trying to help him via the forum. I fiddled with it a bit but I'm not that familiar with it.

    The owner's manual seemed silent on the issue of failing to auto flag DD-EX.

    Obviously, the surround back speakers have to be set to "on" in the set-up menu.

    If I hit surround back, will some type of acknowledgment appear on the display that a DD-EX signal is present?

    I'm also assuming that there is no need to engage the "surround back matrix" function? This function seems at first blush to be Denon's solution to adding rear surround sound to DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1 signals.

    This "home grown" 5.1 matrix function is not a true DD-EX Matrix or DTS-ES Matrix/Disrete correct? If that is true, I should still be able to decode a DD-EX signal by pressing "surround back" even if the "surround back matrix" function is set to off - correct?

    Thanks again - it's tough when the receiver is not in front of me to fiddle with.

    Regards,

    Ed
     
  4. Lewis Besze

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    The Matrix option should be engaged.Ex decoding is essentialy a DPL decoder which is a matrix type decoding,DTS ES Matrix is similar,but the Discrete version is different.
    Older Denons like 3801 would say 6.1 surround when in "forced" DD/EX, but that was before THX 's home licence for "supremacy"[THX surround EX] expired.
    I would think the window would say "DD EX" on the 3803.
    I haven't seen one in action yet,so I can't be sure.
     
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    Lewis Besze is corrent, the display will read "DD EX" or something similar. If it doesn't, keep hitting the Surround Back Button (faceplate or remote) until it does. The Surround Back Button toggles between three states: Surround Back OFF, Non-Matrixed (I like this one, it's like 5.1 sound with 7 speakers: the surround back right and surround right play the exact same information / the surround back left and surrond left play their own exact same information), and the final state is for true DD EX or DTS ES (usually flag correctly). Also the green Surround Back LED will come on.
    What I really hate about DD EX DVDs that aren't flagged correctly is forgetting to turn DD EX off before starting something else.
    I'm sure you know that some DVDs are flagged correctly like: Jurassic Park III, Disney's Atlantis, Simone, etc.
     
  6. Edward J M

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    Thanks guys - you are both absolutely correct. That is exactly how the Denon behaves. I have the surround back speakers engaged (2 speakers), and I can toggle from Off, to Non-Matrix, to Matrix.

    In Matrix Mode, I get "DD-EX" on the display for all Dolby Digital discs, regardless of whether or not they are actually EX encoded. This is clearly the mode to use to decode DD-EX discs that do not Auto Flag.

    It's ironic - Atlantis is not advertised as an EX disc, and yet it flags as one. And even new releases advertised as EX like Monster's Inc. and LOTR-FOTR don't flag. I wish Dolby Labs would get its act together.

    Anyway, I REALLY appreciate your help - we are now properly decoding DD-EX discs even if they don't flag.

    Regards,

    Ed
     
  7. Eric Samonte

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    I have only looked and tried this on my 3802 and found that it does miss some of the disc most notably the SW episodes I & II. I tried that surround back channel turning on and off to no avail...Does anyone have another way. I can't believe I've been missing this....
    BTW, DTS ES discreet works fine....
     
  8. Lewis Besze

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    Did you configure it to 6/7 speakers at the set up menu?
     
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  10. DonT

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    eric, while the dolby digital signal is present, press the 5.1/7.1 surround button on the remote or the faceplate until it says "6.1 surround". thats it.
     

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