Basic DVD-Audio question

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  1. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    A dumb question, which a search of HTF and a DVD-Audio FAQ webpage didn't clear-up for me.

    My neighbor bought a few DVD-A's; she doesn't have a DVD-Audio player. I realize that the multi-channel track on these discs will play in her DVD player. The kicker is this: she doesn't have a full speaker set-up, just left/right front, a center channel and a sub.

    She asked me if she should return the discs, or if she can get some use out of them. I have no experience w/ DVD-A, so I didn't answer. [​IMG]
     
  2. John-Miles

    John-Miles Screenwriter

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    Tell her to get the other two speakers she is missing, otherwise she will be missing a big part of the music.
     
  3. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    John:

    Can the DVD-Video player downmix the multichannel tract to allow for 2-channel playback?
     
  4. Craig F

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    Since her player is not a DVD-Audio player, then what she is playing is either Dolby Digital or DTS; both of which can always be downmixed to 2 channel stereo. Setting the DVD player to output PCM rather than Bitstream will accomplish this.
     
  5. Angelo.M

    Angelo.M Producer

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    Craig:

    Thanks. That's what I suspected.
     
  6. Brian L

    Brian L Cinematographer

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    And if she downmixes to 2.0 Pro Logic, she may have a Dolby 3CH mode on her receiver that will take into account the lack of surround speakers.

    But getting the surround speakers is still the better option.

    BGL
     
  7. Craig_Kg

    Craig_Kg Supporting Actor

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    She can just play them like she plays ordinary DVDs. I assume her receiver is set up to have fronts/center/sub 'yes' and rears 'no'. If not, this is the way her receiver should be set (with center and fronts set to 'large' or 'small' depending on size).
     
  8. Angelo.M

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    Terrific help all around. Many thanks.
     

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