No DTS sound when connection with optical connection

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  1. Harminder

    Harminder Second Unit

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    I connected my DVD player to my home theatre/receiver using digital optical output. It plays fine when I play Dolby tracks, but when I switch to DTS, I hear nothing and the receiver displays "ERROR".

    I set my DVD player to enable Digital Out and to output DTS as well. However, I hear nothing. If tell the DVD player to convert DTS to PCM and then send out the audio signal, the receiver works, but the track is messed. I can't hear the surrounds at all, the subwoofer's response is out of wack, etc.
    I can't use coaxial because there is no input for it on the receiver, just opitical input.

    Could it be the optical cable I'm using? It's some no name brand cable I bought years ago for my mini-disc player.

    Please help.

    Equipment:
    Panasonic SC-HT920 Home Theatre/Receiver
    Pioneer DV-656A DVD Player

    (Yes, the home theatre has its own DVD player, but it's not region free. My Pioneer DVD player is region free and that's why I'm connecting the audio to it.)
     
  2. Ed Moxley

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    You said the DD works, so chances are, it's not the cable, because the DD is using the same cable.
    You said you DO have dts enabled in the dvd player's setup menus?
    Bitstream for output...........
    You DO know that you have to manually choose the dts track in the movies setup or language menus? It will not automatically go to a dts track. Do you have your receiver set to "Digital Auto", so when you choose the dts track in movie menu, the receiver will automatically process for dts?
    Don't mean to question your abilities of the obvious, but you never know. Some of this is easily overlooked.
    Good luck! Keep us posted.
     
  3. Harminder

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    Thanks Ed for replying.

    Yes I do manually choose DTS in the movie's language menu.

    And yes, the receiver is set to Digital Auto.

    When the receiver is receiving the DTS soundtrack from the DVD player, it says "ERROR" on the receiver's display. But when Dolby Digital is is on, it works, no problem.
     
  4. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Studio Mogul

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    What happens when you play DTS tracks in the home theater's DVD player?

    M.
     
  5. Harminder

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    Works absolutely fine.

    Only reason I'm playing a DVD through another DVD Player is because the HT DVD player isn't region free (yet).
     
  6. Harminder

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    Could it be possible that the receiver was designed to only convert Dolby Digital signals and not DTS when using the Optical Input?
     
  7. Michael Reuben

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    Unlikely. It's more likely that there's some sort of compatibility problem between the Pioneer player and the Panasonic receiver.

    M.
     
  8. Harminder

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    I'll try hooking up another DVD player to it and see if that helps.
     
  9. FeisalK

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    Harminder, how did this work out?
     
  10. Harminder

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    Well, I was gonna hook up my 3rd DVD player to the Panasonic receiver, but I realized it didn't have DTS capability because I bought it back in 1998 when DTS wasn't the norm.

    So I'm gonna try to get a friends DVD player and try that. I will keep you posted.
     

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