DB-25 connector

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  1. Craig Beierlein

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    I'm considering purchasing an Integra Research RDC-7 and looking through the owners manual that I downloaded from the IR site I see that it comes with a DB-25 connector.
    Dumb question, but what is this used for ? Is it used for connecting the pre-pro to a DVD player for DVD-audio ?
     
  2. Mickey Brown

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    DB25's have been used for eons with serial connections for computers.
    I believe in this case it's a heavy duty cable that connects the pre/pro with the amplifier. Some top notch amps have db25 inputs.
     
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    Craig,
    Mickey is right. The audio manufacturers “hijacked” this connector from the computer world. If memory serves, it allows for one-cable connection from the receiver to an outboard multi-channel amp, instead of multiple single RCA cables.
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    I have a Rotel preamp/processor that has a DB-25 connector. It connects my preamp to my DVD player. I suppose it makes hooking up the connection at the preamp a little easier, other than that I don't know why advantages it might have.
     
  5. Craig Beierlein

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    Where I'm confused is instead of just an audio L/R from the DVD this cable has 6 connections on the other end. Front L/R,Center,Rear L/R, and Sub. Do i want to hook it up this way or just Audio L/R ?
     
  6. Philip Hamm

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    The DB-25 connector is for connecting multichannel audio sources to your receiver. It replaces the 6(8) RCA inputs (spaghetti mess) with one big honkin fat cable (elegant) for the input. Unfortunately few companies use it so you'll most likely have to get a cable that's got a DB25 on one end and 6(8) RCAs on the other side. Forum sponsor BetterCables can custom make such a cable.
    * I write 6(8) because I think the DB25 spec has been modified to include 7.1 audio. *
    My 5.1 ready receiver uses this connection, as does my external DD decoder.
    If your DVD player is not a DVD-Audio or SACD multichannel player I would not worry about this connection. The pre/pro has inboard DD and DTS decoding, correct? Just connect a digital cable and you're done.
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  7. Craig Beierlein

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    My DVD player (Panasonic DVD-RP-91) does have DVD-AUDIO capability, so what would the connections be in that case ?
     
  8. Philip Hamm

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    You'd need a cable with a DB25 connector on one side and a bunch of RCAs on the other. I have two of these in my overly complicated spaghetti disaster of a system. You'd plug into the receiver with the DB25 and into your DVD-A machine with the 6 RCA cables. They would be marked for each channel.
    BetterCables can make this cable, at least they have told me they can when I've asked in the past. That was a while ago though.
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  9. Craig Beierlein

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    Thanks Phillip......I assume that the digital audio connection is still used with DVD-A ?
     
  10. Philip Hamm

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  11. Craig Beierlein

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    OK, but I will still need a digital audio cable from the DVD to the PRE/PRO for DD & DTS....right ?
     
  12. Philip Hamm

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    Yup.
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    Well, if your dvd-audio player had onboard DD and DTS decoders then you wouldn't need both the analog connections and the digital one, correct? Or do the two outputs work separately from each other given the different formats? I'm pretty curious about this. Thanks,
    Dan
     
  14. Philip Hamm

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    On my DVD-A10 the onboard DD/DTS decoder sends the DD/DTS 5.1 signal out. But there's no prologic option for PCM/DD stereo (darnit). Also, I think Craig's Integra Research machine will do a better job with PCM, DD and DTS than the RP91.
    I'd use the analog DB25 input for DVD-A only.
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    [Edited last by Philip Hamm on November 09, 2001 at 02:14 PM]
     
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    With the RDC-7, Integra includes an adapter so that you can just plug male RCA connector into the adapter and it hooks into the DB-25 connector.
    On the RDC-7 this is an analog input that can be used in pure passthrough mode to get you directly from your DVD-A player or SACD player to your amplifier. You use the player's controls for volume and level matching (to the extent your player has them).
    Les
     

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