Question about Stereo DVD-A

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  1. Nestor Vargas

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    I have the Denon AVR-5800 and the Panasonic RP-91 connected for DVD-V viewing using coaxial and analog connections. For multichanel DVD-A I use 6 analog cables to the External-1 imput. My question is when using the stereo tracks on a DVD-A what input and mode should I use to get the intended high resolution stereo sound?

    Thanks in advance for your recomendations.
     
  2. John Kotches

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    If you select the stereo tracks, you should get stereo out of the Front L/R. I don't recall if the RP-91 also has stereo outputs, if it does it'll be duplicated there.

    So you need do nothing to get correct playback of stereo DVD-A content.

    Regards,
     
  3. KeithH

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    John, the Panasonic DVD-RP91 has dedicated stereo analog outputs, but as you said, they need not be used if the 5.1-channel outputs are already being used for playback of surround-sound tracks. The caveat is that some feel the stereo analog outputs afford higher-resolution playback of stereo material in some cases. For example, some have said that it is better to use the stereo analog outputs on multi-channel SACD players for playback of CDs and stereo SACDs instead of the front left and right outputs within the 5.1-channel outputs. I have not heard of people making similar observations with DVD-Audio players, but I suppose it is possible. On a related note, the Sony SCD-XA777ES SACD player requires you to use the stereo analog outputs for playback of stereo material.
     
  4. John Kotches

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    Keith,
    That's just plain stupid design on Sony's part, frankly. Eight Analog ICs to hook up the player fully? How much of a cut are they getting from the cable manufacturers [​IMG]
    Regards,
     
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  6. John Kotches

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    Ric,
    I have no problem with the DACs, it's the routing of the signal [​IMG]
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    I've got two jpeg's I was going to post. One is the back panel of the RP-91, one is the back panel of the C555ES.

    Unfortunately, I'm clueless as to how to post them.

    What they show, is that they both have analog 6-channel outs, plus analog 2-channel outs.

    Now, I have no desire to defend Sony here but it seems to me that both machines are doing the same thing.

    It also seems that people have different thoughts as to the proper way to cable for 2-channel SACD or DVD-A tracks.

    I think everyone knows what to do with the 6-channel analog outs... The question seems to be, why have these OEM's also included the 2-channel analog outs? And, what's the problem with simply using the L/R fronts of the 6-channel outs when listening to 2-channel tracks?
     
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  11. John Kotches

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    John T:
    It would appear that you don't understand the true nature of my complaint.
    On the Sony SCD-XA777ES the output of a Stereo SACD is only available on the Stereo outputs. The left/right output of a multi-channel SACD is only available on the 5.1 outputs.
    So to listen to Stereo And Multi-Channel discs requires the use of 8 cables.
    The Panasonic RP-91 outputs the Left/Right channels on both the Stereo outputs and the 5.1 outputs at all times.
    Now do you understand why I feel this is a stupid design from an ergonomic point of view?
    Regards,
     
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  13. RicP

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    If everyone actually understood why Sony implemented it this way, it would be a little simpler.
    The Sony XA777ES has six (6) Hi Resolution DAC's. When in Multi-Channel mode, it assigns one DAC to each channel, and the circuit board is wired that way. In Stereo, the Sony takes advantage of the multiple DAC's by using three (3) per channel, providing a very hi-resolution output, however this is wired to the Stereo Analog outs and not the multi-channel L&R outs. If you want the best fidelity, then you're ecstatic that they went this route...if all youcare about is convenience, then perhps you're not so happy. Sony did put in a 2-Ch+Sub mode where you can use the L&R Multi-Channel outs + the Sub for Stereo listening, so in that case you only need to use 6 interconnects for both Stereo and Multichannel.
    The Panasonic RP-91 is a completely different machine, and there is really no comparison here. The Panny uses the same DAC's for multi-channel and Stereo, it doesn't have multiple DAC's and therefore has no ability to utilize them for a higher quality stereo signal.
    Hope that clears some of the misconceptions up.
     
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    John K:

    You are correct, I didn't read the thread properly. Sorry if my comments caused confusion.
     
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    Ric,

    I understand that they're using the 6 DAC channels in a quasi-balanced mode.

    It has nothing to do with signal routing.

    There should be no audible degradation by routing to both, heck they're already doing that, if they allow the use of a subwoofer for 2+1 playback.

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  17. RicP

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    The XA777ES has bass management in addition to channel level balance. While not exactly the same thing as time delay, it accomplishes essentially the same thing by allowing you to balance the signal to each of your speakers in a MC setup.
     
  18. John Kotches

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    Ric,

    Level calibration and bass management are not the same as time delay.

    Time delay accounts for the differences in displacement from the primary listening position, not the differences in SPL for varying sensitivities and distances, and not for routing bass as required to work around limitations in real-wrold implementations. Every 1' of differential from equidistant means approximately 1 millisecond of delay required to keep time and phase relationships correct.

    It should be no major task for a "flagship" product to do signal routing. There already exists a signal path, so routing across both outputs is a fait accompli.

    Regards,
     
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