Which receivers have a good readout describing the digital format?

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  1. Marty Christion

    Marty Christion Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm in the market for a new receiver, and I'd like one that has a good readout describing the digital audio format. Specifically, I'd like to see format (DD, PCM, or DTS), and channel configuration (2.0 stereo, 2.0 surround, 4.1, 5.1, 5.1 EX, etc.).

    I know Sony receivers have a pretty good read out. Are there any others?
     
  2. JeremyFr

    JeremyFr Supporting Actor

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    My Yamaha is pretty straightforward, indicates what format it is, and then has indicators to show what channels its recieveing discretely.
     
  3. AaronJB

    AaronJB Second Unit

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    My Panasonic has a nice digital readout of current format (DTS-ES, DD, DTS) and offers which channels are being used. When a DTS-ES title is played, "DTS-ES Matrix" or "DTS-ES Discrete" scrolls across the reciever readout whenever play is hit on the DVD player.
     
  4. Chuck Kent

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    The Denon 3803 shows format, sampling frequency, number of channels and in the case of DD, whether or not there is a Dialog Normalization offset.
     
  5. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    I've had Yamaha, Sony, and now a Pioneer VSX45TX. All have had pretty comprehensive readouts. The Pioneer will tell which format you're playing and whether DTS-ES is matrix or discrete in nice big letters you can read from across the room, and has indicators for active speakers in any mode. It'll also flash a dialnorm readout when first starting or after pausing a dvd if it's not the normal dialnorm, same as Denon. Does it for my Sat receiver's digital output also (HDNet is in 5.1 with +4 Dialnorm, for example). I can't see the speaker inicators from across the room where I normally sit, but haven't been able to on any other receiver I've owned.
     

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