Do all DVD players play DVD-Audio???

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  1. Chris Tedesco

    Chris Tedesco Second Unit

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    I am confused about this one. A Best Buy ad say that "all DVD players will play DVD-Audio".

    I didn't think this was the case. I thought you had to have a special DVD player that specifically says it can play them.

    Who is right???
     
  2. Brian L

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    Your instincts are correct.

    All DVD players will play the DD or DTS bit stream of the DVD-V layer of a DVD-A disc, but unless it is designed as a DVD-A/DVD-V player, a garden variety DVD player will NOT play the hi-rez DVD-A tracks.

    BGL
     
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    Just a word of caution concerning that Panasonic F65 player being sold now: it says it plays dvd-audio but its only in the fine print where it says it plays only the STEREO track of a dvd-audio disc.

    The F85 model plays both the stereo & multichannel hi-res tracks of a dvd-audio.

    Why Panasonic did this is a mystery and will only confuse the non-audio folks.

    LJ
     
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    They can get away with that sort of comment because all DVD-Audio disks are spec'd to have a DVD-V layer that can be played on all DVD players (it can contain the usual DD, dts and/or stereo PCM tracks + video).
     
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    I've noticed that SOME older dvd players have a hard time reading DVD-AUDIO discs and that they also have a hard time playing them.
     
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