DVD with 5.1 outputs instead of a receiver??

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  1. Pedro_Gil

    Pedro_Gil Auditioning

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    I was given 5.1 surround sound speakers for X-Mas but I don't have a receiver. I've been doing some research and had some questions regarding DVD players. Some have internal decoders and have the audio outputs for the speakers. If I only want to use the speakers with the DVD player can I simply buy one of these DVD players or do I still need a receiver.
     
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    your DVD player has connections for speakers?
     
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    Not mine but they're available.
     
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    NO- actually DVD players have 6 channel output, which is NOT AMPLIFIED.

    Some receiver/dvd combo boxes do have speaker outputs, amplified, designed to have speakers connected- but usually stand alone DVD players have 6 channel PRE AMP outputs, designed to go to a receiver or set of amps for amplification.

    Check the FAQ AND PRIMER for more info on this, or this thread talks about the same basic thing:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=177157

    -Vince
     
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    I don't know what quality they are, but if they are anything decent at all, go get a reciever...
     
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    I don't know of any stand-alone DVD player that you can hook speakers to directly. I think what you are referring to is the analog multi-channel outputs. The signal from these must be amplified (powered) by a receiver to drive speakers. You can get a decent entry-level receiver for around $200. That is what I suggest you do.
     
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    There are units that are both player and receiver, and one of these will work just to get started, but for the price of a decent one, you will be approaching the price of an inexpensive receiver and DVD player. A receiver alone will not get you DVD/CD playback.

    What's your budget?
     
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    As others have said, you are probably thinking of analog pre-outs, which are not the same as speaker terminals, you will still need a reciever to make these work.

    There are however a few recivers on the market that have built in DVD players. I don't recoment going this route. You will pay nearly as much as if you bought both separately. Not only will you likley end up with a compromised product from the get go, but if the DVD player breaks, or the reciever breaks, then both need to be replaced.

    Take care when making a decision. You'd be best to pick comonents that will last you a long time, buy a crappy reciever now, and you may end up disapointed. If I were you I would take a look at the Panasonic XR-15. I have the step up XR-25 and could not be happier.
     

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