5.1 or 7.1 using optical

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  1. AaronArmstrong

    AaronArmstrong Stunt Coordinator

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    Here's another question I have.
    Not for sure whether to post here
    or in speakers/subwoofers.

    Using the digital optical out from
    my Toshiba DVD to my Pioneer 811,
    can you still get 5.1 or in my case 7.1
    sound? When I first set it up we were
    not, so I went and connected the regular cables
    and we were fine.
    So is optical workable? I was looking forward to
    losing all those cables in the back.

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Aaron
     
  2. Justin Lane

    Justin Lane Cinematographer

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    Yes, you can get 5.1 sound from your optical output on your player, limiting your connection to one cable (unless your player also does DVD-A where you will need all 3 pairs of RCAs).

    Make sure your digital outputs are turned on in your players setup menu (this could involve actually setting it to output, or maybe setting it to bitstream instead of PCM).

    If this does not work, you may have to assign the optical digital input on your receiver as being for the DVD player. I am not familiar with your model but I had to do this on my Pioneer Elite.

    J
     
  3. AaronArmstrong

    AaronArmstrong Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks Justin
    Yeah mine does do DVD-A.
    So if I need all cables for that
    why bother with optical? Or is
    there a sound quality improvement?
    Also, I haven't picked up a DVD Audio
    yet. Any recommendations?
    I would prefer a jazz/classical
    type so I can show off to anyone.
    I don't think my musical tastes are
    good ones to show off. (Disturbed, Godsmack, etc..[​IMG] )
    Thanks
    Aaron
     
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