optical input????please help

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  1. dee will

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    is the optical input for my dvd player control the audio and video or just one of them??and is that the best way to connect your dvd to the reciever???ok thanks in advance
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    1) Optical cable carries Audio Only.
    2) The question about "best" is an issue of what you are comparing to.
    Optical and Coax digital connections are essentially identical in "quality". But a digital connection of either type will be better than the analog connection, as a digital connection is the only way to get 6 channel dolby digital or DTS sound (the stereo analog connections will not provide this).
    See the info in the FAQ AND PRIMER in my sig, where these types of issues are covered pretty extensively (why doesn't anyone read this thing!?!).
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    General Hookup Tips by Steve Berger
    Options for Routing Audio & Video by Ted Lee
    Digital Audio: Optical Connection vs. Coax connection by Neil Joseph
    Different Video and Audio connection cables and types by Chella
    -Vince
     
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    Optical is audio only
    Component is Video
    Composite is Video and Audio
    Coaxial is audio
    S-video is of course video [​IMG]
     
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    thanks a lot for the quick response..i love this website and think everyone is extremly helpful...thanks Vince
     
  5. Vince Maskeeper

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    Technically speaking composite is video only. You can get a set of AV lines with 3 cables (Yellow, White, Red style)which carry composite vid along with analog audio- however the video is the only part that is really "composite"- and you can just as easily have a video only line.

    If you run a single composite video line from the source to the set, you will not get audio (which is what your post might mistakenly suggest).

    -Vince
     
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