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Confused by Dolby Digital Plus


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#1 of 6 matt1122

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Posted January 10 2012 - 06:11 AM

Hello, everyone and thank you for your help in advance! I have a Sony STR-KS2000 home theater speaker + receiver system which supports Dolby Digital, but as far as I know does not support Dolby Digital Plus. Yet, it seems that when I play Netflix movies with 5.1 sound on my PlayStation 3, they still show as Dolby Digital and I get full 5.1 sound. The confusing part is that I thought Netflix used Dolby Digital Plus as the codec for 5.1 audio, and I thought that Dolby Digital Plus was not backwards-compatible with Dolby Digital. So why am I getting 5.1 audio if my receiver (allegedly) does not support the codec which Netflix (allegedly) is using?

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Posted January 10 2012 - 06:40 AM

It's fully backwards compatible.   Even Dolby TrueHD contains a DD/AC3 compliant core.


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#3 of 6 matt1122

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Posted January 10 2012 - 07:02 AM

So is everything just software decoded by the PS3 and sent to the receiver as DD/AC3 instead of DDP/EAC3?

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Posted January 10 2012 - 07:17 AM

Correct.


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Posted January 10 2012 - 07:32 AM

there is some confusion about the ps3 dolby digital +. it suppose to be doing it, but its not. the new panasonic 110,210, and 310 can decode the DD+ off of netflix. Jacob

#6 of 6 matt1122

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Posted January 10 2012 - 07:56 AM

If it's not, then why am I able to watch 5.1 movies on Netflix with 5.1 audio with a receiver that doesn't support Dolby Digital Plus?