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About the dropout issue with Pearl Harbor : A box ! (1 Viewer)

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Hi there,
According to Dolby, a little box can fix the mutting / dropout issue with Pearl Harbor, JP3 Atlantid and Crystal chip (included is most A/V receivers [Onkyo, Denon, Kenwood, ...] ) .
The box is connected between the DVD digital output and the A/V amplifier digital input. The box removes the EX flag from the Dolby Digital EX bitstream (which causes the bug).
From Dolby :
In addition, Dolby is working to develop a hardware box capable of modifying the Dolby Digital bitstream to ensure full compatibility with all products affected by this problem. Further details regarding this solution will be provided as it becomes available.
Do you know when this box will finally be available?
Thank you
Laurent
 

Pete Jennings

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Wouldn't it be simpler for the software DVD mixers/technicians to simply stop doing what it is they are doing to cause the problem? :)
Asking consumers to spend extra $$$ just because they got a little "too cute" with the software is really pushing it.
My $.02
Pete
 

RajeeK

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Asking consumers to spend extra $$$ just because they got a little "too cute" with the software is really pushing it.
Keep in mind, not only will you get stuck with the cost of the box, but you are also going to need to purchase a toslink or coaxial cable from the box to the input on the receiver, running up the cost even more.
 

Jeff Kohn

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The problem is not actually with Pearl Harbor per se, the problem is with decoders that choke on the DD-EX flag. You could argue that DVD authors should just stop using that flag, but then you're basically saying that people with properly working equipment that could make use of the flag should have to suffer an inconvenience for the sake of people with defective equipment. If you really want to bitch at somebody over this issue, bitch at the manufacturers of the receivers in question, not Dolby or the studios.
 

Gerard Martin

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Of the three disc's mentioned two
have alternate sound tracts DTS, I
see no point in buying or getting as
the case maybe free a magic black box
for the one or two disc's that do not
have DTS. Additionally if studio manufactures were smart they would
insure their disc's had dual tracts
to eliminate potential problems such as
this in the future.
 

Scott Merryfield

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I would be reluctant to add such a device to my setup. While it may fix the audio droput problem on a few discs, what new problems could be created by placing this "magic box" in the digital signal path?
 

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