Can I Play DVD-Audio?

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  1. James Sarno

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    Quick question...
    My Mitsubishi 8020 can do DVD-Audio,But my HK AVR110 does not have the analog imputs for DVD-Audio...
    Can I still play it ?
     
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    No. Well, you could play it but you won't hear it. You will need a receiver that has the analog inputs.
     
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    You could play 2channel content which will offer much greater resolution than standard CD, but you need analog inputs for all channels to do multi-channel dvd-a.
     
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    Steve,
    Thanks for the info...
    I'm going to go the 2 channel route and axcess my player's menu...see what I come up with...
     
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    You'll want to check the disc's setup as well as your player, and set them for 2ch tracks. If you have only the multi-channel analog outputs on the player, as mine does (no stereo only output), you will use the main L&R outputs, and if your player defaults to multi-channel tracks, your sound will be missing information.
     
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    As has been said, you will not be able to play the Advanced Resolution Surround/Stereo from the DVD-A discs without the multi channel audio inputs on your receiver.

    Depending on the source disc it may also have the following which would be playable as 2 channel stereo or 5.1 surround via the digital connection to your receiver:

    2ch Stereo (DVD Video compatible)
    Dolby Digital 5.1 surround (DVD video compatible)
    dts 5.1 surround (DVD-V compatible, requires dts decoder)

    As an example, here are some discs I have and the content:

    Queen - A Night At The Opera
    Advanced Resolution 5.1 Surround for DVD-A
    Advanced Resolution Stereo for DVD-A
    dts 5.1 Surround for DVD-V
    Standard Stereo for DVD-V

    Emerson Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
    Advanced Resolution 5.1 Surround for DVD-A
    Advanced Resolution Stereo for DVD-A
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround for DVD-V

    Chicago - Chicago
    Advanced Resolution 5.1 Surround for DVD-A
    Advanced Resolution Stereo for DVD-A
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround for DVD-V

    BB King & Eric Clapton - Riding With The King
    Advanced Resolution 5.1 Surround for DVD-A
    Advanced Resolution Stereo for DVD-A
    dts 5.1 Surround for DVD-V
    Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround for DVD-V

    etc etc

    The bottom line is you may be able to enjoy dts and/or Dolby Digital 5.1 surround with your current set-up.

    Note that you may have to set the output of your DVD player to DVD Video and leave the Multi channel off. On my Panasonic RP-82 I have to manually change to DVD-V (from DVD-A) in order for the unit to recognise the DVD-V tracks.

    Check the packaging of the discs to find out what kind of encoding is on them.
     
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    Yes, I stand corrected, I skipped over your post John [​IMG]. Advanced Resolution Stereo is available from the front L/R out of the DVD player into a spare 2 Ch analog input of the receiver.

    As I posted, some 2ch Stereo may also be available from the Digital output of the DVD player depending on the disc.
     

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