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Rich Corle

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I am expecting my home theater to come in the mail within the next couple days and I have a question. Do I need an optical digital output connection in the back of my DVD player to play DD and DTS? I have a coaxial and an S-Video output but no optical to be seen. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
 

Ken Seeber

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Rich,
Welcome to the forum. You'll get a lot more responses if you're more specific with your thread titles! :)
For Dolby Digital and DTS, you need either digital coax or optical, but not both. If your DVD player only has a coaxial output, just use that.
You don't mention what brand/model your DVD player and TV are, but assuming you don't have the capability of using component video, use the s-video for the picture information.
 

Nicholas A. Gallegos

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There are two types of ways to send a digital bitstream for DD/DTS from your DVD player to your receiver. One is optical, and the other is digital coax. Since your DVD player lacks an optical output, you're stuck using digital coax, which is fine. Just use a 75-ohm RCA cable for that signal (shielded RCA video cables work fine). Most receivers can accept a digital coax connection, so this SHOULDN'T be a problem (hopefully).
It's been long-debated which digital connection is superior. The general concensus seems that there is little or no detectible difference between optical and coaxial.
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Rich Corle

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Thanks a lot for the help, I'm relieved. My posts tend to make me seem dumber than I am actually. But ah well, I'll sound smarter next time.
 

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