DVD-Audio . . . Will the signal not pass through a digital connection?

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  1. Chris Rock

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    I just got one of those new JVC DVD players that have progressive scan AND DVD Audio - I believe the model # is XV-SA75GD.
    Anyway, I got it all hooked up, popped in my AIX Records Hi Rez Sampler Disc, and tried the DVD-Audio side. To my dismay, I got no sound. THe sound for all my DVD Video discs work fine, both DD and DTS, but for some reason, I get no sound when I play a DVD-A disc.
    I have the DVD player hooked up to the receiver via TOSlink Optical cable. The player (and my receiver, too, thankfully), have external 5.1 input/outputs. Do I HAVE to use that to get DVD-A sound? Or is my player defective?
    I've tried all of the various output settings on the player (PCM Only, DD/PCM stream, etc) but none seem to pass that DVD-A signal.
    Anyone who owns this or a similar player want to comment?
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  2. John M Miller

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    DVD-Audio will not work with a digital output. You need to use the 5.1 direct connection from your DVD player to get it to work. The major manufacturers did this to stave off counterfeiters. [​IMG]
    If your receiver does not have a 5.1 input, I'm afraid you're SOL. [​IMG]
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  3. Philip Hamm

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    The only way to get DVD-A or SACD sound is to use analog connections. Even if it did work over a digital connection your receiver couldn't decode the signal anyway.
    It gets worse.
    Most receivers don't do bass management on the 5.1 input, and most DVD-A players (all first generation) will not do bass management on DVD-A signals. That means that you will get full range signals to the 5 channels and a sub channel even if your speakers can't handle the low freqs.
    That's why Outlaw is making the ICBM which I am planning on buying.
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  4. donovan_chin

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    The only player that I know of that will pass the digital signal for DVD-Audio is the Panny RP91.
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    I do not think that is correct. The RP91 will pass a 96/24 signal on the DVD-Video spec but no player will pass a DVD-A signal.
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  6. Chris Rock

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    My JVC DVD-A player has some bass management settings, but I don't know if they work with the DVD-A signal.
    Anyone know?
    I'll be finding out tonight when I hook up the analog connections.
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  8. Wayne_T

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    The RP91 DOES pass a downconverted 48KHz two channel PCM signal through the digital connection. It works but sounds crappy compared to DVD-A and defeats the whole purpose IMHO.
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  9. PatrickM

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    The RP91 definitely does not pass DVD-A digital out the digital output and unfortunatley it doesn't do bass management for DVD-A either.
    P.S. Love your show on HBO! [​IMG]
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  10. donovan_chin

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    Eugene,
    It DOES pass the signal through the digital outs... Trust me, I've done it!!! Unfortunately, it is a downsampled to 48KHz.
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  11. Wayne_T

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    Its downconverted to 48KHz DD 2.0 IF the material is flagged as copyright protected, which I guess is just about everything.
    Cheers
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