optical or coax?

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  1. Johnny Ayala

    Johnny Ayala Stunt Coordinator

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    hello there, let me start off by saying that it's great to be a new member here. [​IMG] I'm not really new to the HT scene, just a little new to all the new stuff available. Here's my question. On my sherwood receiver, when using the coax input from my cable converter box,a light that says "Digital" appears on the display of the receiver, but when I use the optical input for my DVD player, the same display doesn't appear. Is there a Digital signal coming from the cable box and not from the DVD player? Also, are there any preferences to either connection? Thanks for all the help. [​IMG]
     
  2. LewB

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    Welcome John !
    You might want to check the menus on your DVD player. You might have to enable the optical output or the Dolby Digital signal.
    BTW, model numbers of all the equipment involved helps a lot. You'd be surprised how many others here probably own the same equipment you do.
    As for preferences for optical over coax, it's all 1's and 0's either way. Do a search and I'm sure you'll find many discussions about this. I guess I'd lean to the coax because of the fact that you don't have to be too cafeful in the way you handle it and for it's retention. Coax connectors seem to stay put better than the optical ones. Helps when you futz around with other stuff, no surprises when something doesn't work.
     
  3. Johnny Ayala

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    Thanks Lew. The Sherwood is a RD-6108, DVD/VCR D300P, and cable box is an Explorer 2000. By the DVD menus, do You mean the menu when the movie first starts? I've checked those, and they are set for DD 5.1 If the "Digital" display doesnt come on, is it not in 5.1? Thanks again.[​IMG]
     
  4. LewB

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    No, I mean the DVD player setup menus. Check your instructions, there is usually a setup menu for the DVD player itself. It may default to having the Dolby Digital turned off.
     
  5. Johnny Ayala

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    Ahhh thanks again, seems like the easiest thing was the problem. What a difference. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Johnny:

     
  7. Johnny Ayala

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    Thanks Iver....it was the DVD player that needed to be changed. Works great now. [​IMG]
     

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