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Will Dig Sat Rcvr make difference?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Lisa, Aug 14, 2001.

  1. Lisa

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    I presently do not own a Digital A/V receiver. I can't afford the ones I really want for at least a year or so. Would it be worth it to get a Digital Satellite receiver in the meantime? Will I notice a difference in the sound quality?
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  2. Mike__D

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    If it's anything like digital cable TV, then yes, you'll get an improvement with sound and video. I upgraded to digital cable tv a few months ago, and the sound and picture were better on the digital channels. But, my local channels weren't digital, so I didn't notice an improvement there. Not sure how the satellite deals with your local channels.
    On thing I've noticed though, the digital channels can't hold a candle to DVD's video. Apparently they send through the lowest bitstream they can get away with in order to squeeze in the numerous music only channels I also get... but this is mostly likely just my cable provider (Comcast). Again, not sure what the deal is with satellite.
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  3. Vin

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    Lisa, basic (digital) satellite receivers only output left and right analog audio which can be connected and played back through your TV's speakers.
    A more expensive satellite receiver that can also output a digital audio signal needs to be connected to a Dolby Digital receiver which will decode that signal for playback. If you don't have a receiver and you're planning on connecting directly to your TV, you'd have to do so with the analog cables only.
    Hope this helps.
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  4. Lisa

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    Thanks Mark
    Thanks Vin
    I do have an a/v receiver at the present time with surround sound speakers. It's a rather old Onkyo set up that I received in 1995 (not dolby digital). So will the dolby digital satellite receiver (SAT-A55) make a difference in the playback through my surround system??
     
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    Lisa -- FWIW, I have had a Hughes Dolby Digital receiver(model HIRD-D45)for two years and have gotten very little use out of it. Just about the only programming in DD is on HBO, Showtime, etc. If you have a DVD player and a DD receiver, I can almost guarantee you won't want to watch movies on premium channels when you can watch them on DVD, which has way better sound. Direct TV used to have a Dolby demo channel(I believe it was channel 900) that had a smoking DD demo, but they stopped that about a year ago. I would save the $200 bucks or so and sink it in to your other equipment.
     

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