Onkyo TX-DS989 & DVD Audio hookup ?

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  1. David Flora

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    Hello. I have an Onkyo TX-DS989 and a Panasonic DVD-CP72 player. My question concerns the hookup for the DVD-Audio side of the DVD player. I just purchased my first DVD-A disc today, and I also bought 6 cables to hook up to the DB-25 multichannel hookup on the back of the 989 and the individual outputs on the Panny, but since I have my Panny hooked up through my optical input I can't seem to get the DB-25 individual cable hookup to work. For some reason I thought that for DVD-A you should use the individual hookups and not the digital inputs for the best sound. Am I thinking correctly? If so, does anyone out there have a 989 and has anyone used the DB-25 input? How should I hook everything up to have the best sound on both DVD's and DVD-A's? Sorry about all the questiosn, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Have you turned the Multichannel option to "Yes" in the input setup of the 989? I totally missed that in the manual when I originally tried the DB-25 cable.
     
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    Nathan,

    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I had my multichannel input turned on on the receiver. Just to give it a shot, I disconnected my optical input from the dvd player to see if I could get the DB-25 input to work, and I just get silence. I'm starting to run out of ideas, so any more ideas would be appreciated! Either way, is it better to use the 6 individual lines for DVD-A or is it better to just stick with an optical digital line?
     
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    You MUST use the 6 channel input for DVD-A.
     
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    Ok, so now that I know I have to use the 6 inputs I'm really confused why my dvd player refuses to play off the inputs. If I keep the optical input plugged in(I'm using Sheryl Crow's DVD-A which is in DTS ES), I still get DTS ES in 6.1 surround coming out of my Onkyo. The sound is amazing, but when I unplug my optical and plug in my 6 channels I get no sound. I've looked through my dvd player's and receiver's on-screen displays and I just can't figure out what I'm missing. Unfortunately I no longer have my CP72's manual, so if anyone out there has a Panny and would like to share with me what I'm doing wrong I'd appreciate it. Thanks!
     
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    Thanks for the link for the manual. In looking over the manual, it seems as though I'm doing everything I should be doing, but still no sound when only connecting the 6 lines. I get full 6.1 surround by using my optical input, but I'm still confused. I'm starting to worry that something might be wrong with either my receiver or dvd player....
     
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    David

    which Sheryl Crow album did you get? the only one with DTS-ES I see (on Amazon) is The Globe Sessions a DTS audio CD (not DVD-Audio)
     
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    Did you select multichannel on your receiver ?
     
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    David, I think you bought this rather than this (scroll about 3/4 of the way down). The dvd-audio release doesn't have any type of DTS on it.

    I've never heard of a DB-25 input on a receiver until now so can't really offer any help with that.
     
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    You guys are correct. I did buy The Globe Session DTS-ES encoded disc. I guess that may be causing my problem. It's just strange because it is still a DVD-A disc. But like I've said before, when I use the optical digital connection it comes right up on my Onkyo and says that it's playing in DTS ES, so it still sounds great. I guess I just picked a poor disc as my first DVD-A purchase! I'll go out and pick up another disc and see if I get anywhere with it.
     
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    the DTS-ES isn't a DVDA disc - so it can't be a poor DVDA disc [​IMG]

    check out this thread for some recommendations for DVDA discs.
     
  13. David Flora

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    Actually as you take the dvd out of the holder it says DVD Audio on it, so I'm guessing it is a DVD-A disc, or they packaged the thing incorrectly....
     

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