questions about LD players

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  1. Robert A

    Robert A Stunt Coordinator

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    I've been thinking of buy a Laser Disc player. I don't know very much about them though and would like a little help.
    #1 - To listen to dolby digital discs(AC3) will a digital out work if I have a reciever with a digital input(and DD processing of course)or does it specifically have to output AC3?
    #2 - What is a RF modulator?
    Thank you in advance for your posts. Feel free to tell me anything else that would be good to know.
    Rob
     
  2. Chris PC

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    #1. The digital out is for digital stereo/surround and DTS output. It will not pass AC3 DD. you need the RF out for that.
    #2. An RF "demodulator" is what you use to "demodulate" the DD AC3 signal into a digital signal to be decoded by your receiver. Many Laserdisc players have digital outputs, but they do not all have AC3 output. AC3 DD output is an RF signal, so you need that RF demodulator in order to play those DD titles through your receiver and extract the DD soundtrack.
    An RF demodulator can be found from about $100.00 to $300.00 depending on the quality.
    [Edited last by Chris PC on November 05, 2001 at 05:49 PM]
     
  3. Robert A

    Robert A Stunt Coordinator

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    Thanks Chris. That was just what I wanted to know.
     

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