Aspire DVD Recorder for 135.00 with 5.1 channel output for DVD-Audio!!!

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  1. Jerome Grate

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    Yep, your eyes are not deceiving you, Walmart has This Aspire DVD-Recorder Just wanted to see if anyone know about the quality, I'm thinking about getting it since it's cheap and does DVD-Audio.
     
  2. Stephen Hopkins

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    I don't see anything on the walmart website or the manufacturer's website indicating that the player does DVD-A. It does have 5.1 analog outputs but it looks like these are only for use with dolby digital decoding.
     
  3. Jerome Grate

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    Hmm, I always thought that at this point of the game, 5.1 channel output refers to DVD-Audio. It has an optical output, for Dolby Digital and I guess DTS. Still looking kind of interesting. Stephen, can you do a link to the manufactures website.
     
  4. Jose G

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    Just do a search for reviews on this machine. Yikes! I would pass on this one for sure.
     
  5. Jose G

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    By the way, to hear multi-channel DVD-Audio or SACD you need to use the 6 channel outputs from a DVD player, which that machine doesn't have, to the 6 channel inputs of the receiver. This connection usually requires six RCA audio cables. You then would select the 6 CH input option on your receiver to enable the DVD-Audio. This bypasses the internal processing of the receiver so your DVD-Audio player is now decoding the sound and sending the correct signals to the proper speaker.
     
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    Jose, the machine does indeed have the 6 channel outputs for DVD-A playback. It doesn't say it supports SACD though. Look on the back panel and there is clearly a 5.1 channel audio output.[​IMG]
     
  7. Stephen Hopkins

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    Here's the link to the manufacturer's website. It says the unit has Dolby 5.1 decoding so that's what the 5.1ch analog output is for. No mention of DVD-A. I'd bet the farm that there's no DVD-A support.
     
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    Yeah, 6ch output does not equal DVD-A... it can merely just be it has a built in DD and/or DTS Decoder.
     
  9. Jerome Grate

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    Walmart has equipment reviews or are you talking about using google for the search.
     
  10. Jose G

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    Jerome,

    I google and then go to different web sites to find reviews. Often I include the word “review” in my search. I think there were a few on Amazon and maybe audioreview or cnet; I really don't remember which. Just search around and I think you will see more thumb downs for this machine than thumbs up. I also didn’t do an extensive search, however. You could try this machine and it work just fine for you, but I wouldn’t chance it- just my two cents.

    Chuck,

    I'm not saying that you can't play this machine through a Dolby Digital A/V receiver to get 5.1 channel surround sound audio. You can do that, but that's not the same as dvd-a. Here's a link that I think might clarify what I mean- here They are referring to a different machine, but the info might clarify my point.
     
  11. Jose G

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    Actually, that link doesn't really help at all. Here's a Link from another forum that will help clarify that 5.1 outs on a dvd player does not equal dvd-a decoding, although a dvd-a disk will play on any dvd player and give you 5.1 surround.
     
  12. Jose G

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    Actually this is the link I meant.
     

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