DVD player w/ Digital 5.1? or just Dolby Digital?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by BryanWeaver, Jul 18, 2004.

  1. BryanWeaver

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    I'm a little unsure here. I just returned a Pana F-85 (or F-84 I've already put it out of mind). The manual said that if I use the digital audio output I would only get two channels. Until today, I thought that if the DVD player had digital out, that I would be taking advantage of all dolby 5.1 DVD's.
    My question is: if I want to take advantage of the 5.1 (new Onkyo xt-sr 701 6.1, new speakers) on DVD, do I have to be sure it says it will be dolby 5.1, or is there something else (like Dolby Prologic II) that essentially does the same (5 channel/1 sub)thing that I am missing on the features list?

    Thanks

    Bryan
     
  2. Brian L

    Brian L Cinematographer

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    I think the manual is wrong, or you misinterpreted it.

    I would wager that virtually all current DVD players with a digital out will pass a DD 5.1 signal.

    You may have read a part of the book where they describe a feature that allows you to downmix DD to PCM for decoding in a receiver or other device that lacks Dolby Digital capability.

    BGL
     
  3. Jeff Gatie

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    Good wager. It is part of DVD specifications that the player be able to pass a DD stream. All DVD players have to have an optical or coax out and pass DD 5.1. The poster was probably looking at the section on PCM downmixing, like you surmised.
     
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    Bryan; I hope you got a very good deal on that since it's a deleted item!

    Just a heads up.

    Brent
     
  5. BryanWeaver

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    Thanks,

    I misinterpreted the DVD-Audio, a different animal than DVD video, which I was incorrectly assumed that the DVD-Audio was the soundtrack portion of the disc. It is different, or Panasonic thinks it's different.

    Bryan
     

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