Dubly Digital 5.1 to my analog receiver?

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  1. Jim Peavy

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    I don't even know if I'm phrasing this question right, but when I feed the Dubly...uh, Dolby Digital 5.1 signal to my 2 channel, analog amp, what happens to those 5.1 channels of sound? And also, would it be better to switch over to the Dolby 2.0 soundtrack (if available, of course)?
     
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    How exactly do you have the receiver hooked to the source?

    If you only have a stereo analog receiver, with only stereo inputs, you are only sending downmixed stereo signal from the DVD, not 5.1. Whether you select stereo or 5.1, you are getting stereo from the output (all of the sound is mixed into the two channels). There is no way to send 5.1 through stereo analog cables that I know of.
     
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    Oh, duh:b. So, to even tap into the digital signal I'd have to either output from the coaxial or optical "digital outs", correct?

    I should have known that.

    So the DVD player, with me chossing the 2 channel analog out and not a "digital out", is itself converting the digital signal to analog, correct? It's analog by the time it leaves the DVD player?

    Hey, they don't call it the "Basics Area" for nothing, Folks!
     
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    That's what I figured. Thanks, guys!
     
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    It was my understanding that this is not the case. There is no separate "2.0 mix" on the disc. I thought that it was always downconverted from the 5.1? Now that i think about it though, it kinda makes sense. Could someone explain this a little more? Do some discs actually carry a separate stereo mix? I am confused now.....i thought i had it all figured out [​IMG]
     
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    I've come across discs that ONLY have a Dolby Stereo or even a MONO track.
     
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    Oh yeah, lots of them. Pretty much all older, pre-stereo films on DVD have Dolby 1.0 or 2.0 mono (such as the Universal classic horror films, which have 2.0 mono).

    I guess 2.0 mono is preferable to 1.0 mono, huh?
     

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