RP-91 DVD-Audio bass management

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  1. Chuck Watwood

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    I just purchased a Panasonic RP-91 player and it will arrive on Thursday. I haven't delved into DVD audio yet but am looking forward to the test drive. I have read that other players have bass management problems with DvdA and SACD. Are there any issues here with the rp-91? I will run a digital coax from the player into my Onkyo txsr800. This should give me 6Ch playback, right? I have my bass on the txsr800 set to crossover at 80hz. All speakers are set to small. I have an SVS 20-39PC+ sub. Any advice on setup/problems is appreciated.

    My system:

    Onkyo TXSR-800 reciever.
    3 200watt Outlaw monoblocks which power my center and fronts.
    The rear and side surrounds are power by the Onkyo.
    SVS 20-39 PC+ sub
    Polk Rs100's in the front
    Polk FX center channel.
    Polk FX side surrounds. Dipole.
    Polk R30 rear surrounds.
    Panasonic 65" 16:9 HDTV.
     
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    Running coax into a receiver will give you Dolby Digital and DTS but not 6 channel DVDA sound.

    You'll need to run 6 analog cables from the Panny output to the Onkyo 6 channel input to get Multi-Channel DVD Audio sound.

    I use the Outlaw Audio ICBM between my Panny and my Denon receiver to acheive full Bass Management.
     
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    Your digital coax cable will handle all of the audio for DVD-Videos and CDs, but you will need 6 analog cables from the multi-channel output on the RP-91 to the multi-channel input on your Onkyo to get DVD-Audio playback.

    There are speaker settings in the RP-91's menu, but they are for DVD-V, not DVD-A.

    Enjoy the player. It's a great machine. There's an RP-91 FAQ floating around which you can find if you do a search. It goes into great detail and will be a big help in setting up the many picture adjustments that are available on the unit.

    There are many RP-91 owners here, as well, so there's lots of help if you have questions.

    Good luck,

    DJ
     
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    The bass management settings on the RP-91 only apply to using its built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders, not to its DVD-Audio decoder. The channel level settings, though, do affect all audio signals (including DVD-A) using the 6-channel analog outputs. So, at least you can level-match all of your speakers for DVD-Audio playback.

    As others have stated, you must use the six channel analog outputs of the RP-91 to listen to high resolution DVD-Audio. The coaxial and optical digital outputs will only transport DD, DTS and PCM audio. You can thank the paranoid music industry for that.
     
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    The RP-91 is a great player, but there is ABSOLUTELY NO Bass management, you need either an ICBM or full range speakers, otherwise be prepared to be underwhelmed by DVD-A

    personally I would rather listen to the DD or DTS tracks than the DVD-A without BM
     
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    Laurence/David,

    Thanks for the FAQ link and information. My RP91 arrived Thursday as did my ICBM. I got it put together Friday morning. Besides taking a while to figure out, I'm thrilled with the DVD audio. It took a while to figure out how to get the 6ch to work, didn't have it selected on my Onkyo. Only got 2ch stereo the first try. I also found the the Panny manual is not user friendly. Got it solved now though. I also tried a couple of non-anamorphics discs and easily scaled them. I also played with the other controls and was able to sharpen up the picture quite a bit with one of the movies. I have one question about the speaker selections menu. I tried the speaker test with the Panny and the subwoofer didn't play the test tone? I had the sub symbol selected so I thought the test tone should have played? The fronts and the surrounds were selected as large, the center channel didn't appear to have a large selection in its menu? The DVDaudios I played sounded fine with plenty of bass. BB King and Eric Clapton, Eagles, Hell Freezes Over, and Diana Krall, Love Scenes. I also wonder how the crossover in the Onkyo affects the base management from the ICBM. Does the Onkyo tx-sr800 base manage 6ch? I have the crossover set at 80hz. Any comments are appreciated. Thanks again.
     

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