Dolby Digital and DTS Decoding

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  1. david-drtspike

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    What happens if both my home theater reciever and my DVD player have a built-in DTS and Dolby Digital decoder? Does the DVD player decode the movie soundtrack, then send the audio to the reciever, and gets decoded again?
     
  2. Adam Barratt

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    No, only one or the other decodes the soundtrack. If connected to the receiver by a digital cable, the receiver does the processing. If connected only through the DVD player's (six) analogue RCA cables to the multichannel input on the receiver, then the processing is performed by the DVD player.

    Whenever possible I recommend using a receiver or processor rather than the DVD player to handle these soundtracks. They almost always provide better bass management than a DVD player, and only one cable is needed. Receivers and processors also frequently have better DACs.

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    OK, I understand now, thank you.
     

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