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Need Advice Connecting New BD

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by helm, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. helm

    helm Member

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    Hi all, I am a newbe that has just joined up, trying to get some advice that nobody wants to give me. Probably a dumm question.

    But here we go:

    Need advice with my temporary setup.
    Just bought a blu ray player, have existing DVD Recorder and Full HD Plasma.
    They all have HDMI connectors except my old Yamaha AV Receiver that will be next on line to be upgraded and as all new AV Receivers will also have HDMI and then all will be sweet.
    My existing DVD recorder is connected to the TV via HDMI and Optical cable to the AV Receiver, works fine.
    My new blu ray is also connected to the TV via HDMI, but no optical cable to the AV Receiver (Audio only through TV) I would have to buy a new optical cable, that would be wasted once I have the new Receiver, so my question is, I think it may sound stupid, but I ask anyway would it work if I connected one optical cable from the TV to the AV Receiver, can only use one DVD or blu ray at a time anyhow.
    Hope some Guru out there can tell me.

    Thanks

    helm
     
  2. gene c

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    Most tv's will only pass a stereo signal thru the optical output.


    How about using a coax digital connection between one of the dvd players to the receiver. Do you have a yellow coded composite video cable laying around? Most dvd players include one (along with the red and white analog audio cables) in the box. It's the same specification as the coax digital cable. Not the best quality cable but it would work for a while.
     
  3. helm

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    Thank you gene c, yes I did get one of those cables with the BD player, and I may end up using it. I find it very poor that Yamaha will not supply an HDMI cable with this unit, after all to get best result you do need HDMI.

    I did find my Manual for the Yamaha RX-V496 and it is supposed to have 2 Optical inputs, but I can not work out if both of them are good for what I am after or only one. In the Manual they are stated as: Optical (1) DVD/LD (I assume this is Laser Disk) but the Optical (2) SAT/D-TV

    TV/digital TV, satalite tuner, cable TV. Would this mean that any digital appliance can be connected or only some specific ones.

    I am not up with this stuff. But if you think the second Optical is OK for the BD then I will use that one rather than the Coax which really is only a old RCA.

    Thank you again

    helm
     
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    Receivers don't come with hdmi cables regardless of brand or cost. In fact I don't think most BR players come with them either.


    You can hook any device to the optical or coax input. The ones mentioned are pre-assigned to those inputs. If you hook another device to one of the digital inputs you may have to go into the receivers setup menu and assign that input to the button on the remote, such as CD (if equiped), so the receiver knows where to look for the signal when you push the CD button (instead of DVD/LD for example).
     
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    Thank you gene c, I have tonight connected up the BD to the Yamaha using the Optical cable to the No.2 optical input and it is working great.

    Will there be any noticeable difference between HDMI and Optical Audio when I will upgrade.

    I know this is not the place for it, but you appear to me to be a guy who knows his stuff.

    I have almost, almost decided on the Denon AVR 1910 AV Receiver what is your opinion on this Receiver.


    I thank you again for your valuable advice.


    helm
     
  6. Jesse Skeen

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    Optical won't pass any uncompressed PCM multichanel tracks from Blu-Rays- they'll come out downmixed to 2-channel. They'll also down-rez Dolby TrueHD or DTSHD tracks to standard resolution, and if they have extra rear channels those will be dropped too.
     
  7. helm

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    Thank you Jesse Skeen, That also means to be able to get the true sound from the blu-ray disk, it requires a HDMI cable, to a HDMI AV Receiver.

    Would that be correct.
     

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