Surround Sound on a 2 Channel DVD Player

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  1. Dave McQueen

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    Hi

    Newbie questions so sorry.
    I currently have an LG4210 DVD player.
    I believe this only plays DVD's with 2 channel audio.
    I am wondering what will happen if i connect a 6 speaker surround sound system to this?
    Will i get sound on all 6 speakers?
    Will it sound ok or terrible?
    And if so whats the difference with 5.1?

    Thanx
     
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    I'm not familiar with the model, but I've never heard of a DVD player that can only play 2.0 tracks. Such a player would not comply with the DVD spec, and I can't imagine why anyone would manufacture it. Every DVD player should be capable of (1) passing a 5.1 bitstream to a receiver or decoder, and (2) downmixing DD 5.1 tracks to 2.0 format for analog output.

    If your player has a digital output (either coaxial or optical), use that to connect to your receiver or decoder, and you should be fine.

    M.
     
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    I have seen some inexpensive DVD players that do not have a digital output, only stereo analog. If this is the case, there is no way for you to get true 5.1 or 6.1 sound, period. You can, however get DSP/simulated surround, but it is not the same and definitely not as good, IMO.

    Without a processor, that speaker package will be all but useless to you.
     

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