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A few easy questions

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Ryan Leemhuis, May 18, 2004.

  1. Ryan Leemhuis

    Ryan Leemhuis Second Unit

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    I was reading through my receiver manual for no purpose whatsoever and just happened to notice that it says that the discrete 6 ch. input is the best way to connect surround sound from a DVD player. Is this actually true?

    Secondly, I am looking for the best pair of fronts I can get for about 300 dollars plus or minus 100 max. I was thinking some of those JBL 3 way 8",4", and tweeters. Anything that would be better for the price?
     
  2. Frank Zimkas

    Frank Zimkas Supporting Actor

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    I think it depends on the quality of the DAC's in the player vs. the one's in the receiver. Connecting a low-end player that cost $49 at the grocery store is not going to yield the same results as a better built (read-More $$$) player. Keep in mind that not all players have an on-board DD or DTS decoder, thses units will need to be connected via digital coax or toslink so that the receiver can decode the DD/DTS soundtrack.
     
  3. JamesCB

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    As far as using the 6.1 inputs, it depends on the quality of digital surround processors in the dvd player and receiver. One may do a better job (or sound better) thsn the other. If you have a SACD or DVD-A player, the 6.1 inputs are mandatory.

    As for speakers, I suggest you take a slection of your favorite DVDs/CDs and go out and listen. Speaker selection is very subjective. Only yoou know what sounds good to you.

    Good luck,
    James
     
  4. Ryan Leemhuis

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    So does hooking up the 5.1 connection from the DVD player to the reveiver bypass the receivers decoding? I have a Panasonic RP-82 and a entry level Kenwood receiver.
     
  5. JamesCB

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    Yes.
     
  6. Ryan Leemhuis

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    so normally the decoder in the receiver is better?
     
  7. Vince Maskeeper

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    There is no normally... every situation is different... some of the decoding circuitry in players is excellent- especially in higher end devices. Usually it's best to try both methods and see if you hear a difference, trust your ears above all else.

    -vince
     

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