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RCA RT2600 Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS problem

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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   PeterPuck



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Posted March 25 2003 - 05:58 AM

First time setting up a HT. All appears correct wiring w digital coaxial cable to Sony DVD and other audio and video connections thru receiver. The Dolby Digital 5.1 format (nor DTS) does not seem to work (i.e., the speaker icons on the display do not light up). Used a number of 5.1-friendly DVD's (and a DTS). Got the digital/coax source lit up. Suggestions? I've seen this type of msg on a few other threads (RCA 2500). Is this a known problem w RCA?

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Lee Carbray

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Posted March 25 2003 - 06:50 AM

Did you set up your DVD player to output DD and DTS? There should be a menu option to set this up.
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#3 of 8 OFFLINE   ChristopherBer


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Posted March 25 2003 - 08:39 AM

I think it's your DVD player I got a Sony DVD too and you got a turn on the output. Also check if your reciever is set to coaxial mode if that is possible.

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   TyR



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Posted March 25 2003 - 08:53 AM

Also, typically Dolby D and/or DTS won't kick in until you get past the DVD's main menu and into the movie itself.

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   PeterPuck



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Posted March 27 2003 - 01:19 AM

Thanks for the tips folks. I've already tried your suggestions. Same problem happens thru the digital cable box (yes--on the upper digital channels and those advertising 5.1 surround). Still no DD from DVD or Cable.

Another problem, which is sure to send me back to the store for a replacement/refund, is: when in Sat/Cable mode, the receiver won't accept a volume up/down command from the remote. Works for all other inputs. What a pain in the ...ummm... thumb! I think I got a lemon Posted Image

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted March 27 2003 - 04:01 AM

Peter, also check the audio set-up menus on the DVDs themselves; they don't always default to DD 5.1. Same with DTS. Go back into the DVD player's set-up menu and really make sure you're allowing it to pass both Dolby Digital and DTS (the DTS needs to be enabled separately).

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   SteveKNJ


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Posted March 27 2003 - 06:47 AM

Peter, I hate to break the news to you, but the RCA 2600 is a piece of junk. I had one, and it burnt out on me after about a month. Put your hand on the unit sometime and it gets REALLY hot. That said, try a different cable. I had that with that unit, I tried a different cable and it fixed it. As for the remote, make sure you have it programmed correctly, or you could try a 3rd party universal remote. RCA products have been notoriously at the bottom of the list for repair records. When I bought mine it looked like I was going to get a good bang for my buck. Actually, my unit came with a DVD as well, and I like the DVD unit very much, although it does not have many bangs or whistles. It just plays DVDs really well. I also am still using the RCA speakers which sound fairly decent, but at some point I'll upgrade. The receiver just was poorly made.

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted March 27 2003 - 04:01 PM

I had a refurb DD only reciever for almost 2 years before the display died and the video switching started getting interference.

I paid $210 for 5 speakers a sub (which is actually pretty window-rattling, plenty for my needs anyway) and the reciever in 2000. Speakers sound good, especially considering what I paid

I've since replaced it with a nice Pioneer VSX-D511, marked sonic improvement through superior DACs Posted Image

The reciever did do OK by me for 2 years though

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