Does HR54-500 Require Digital Audio to hear Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound?

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  1. allenn

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    I just replaced my HR44-200 with a HR54-500. To get Dolby 5.1, do I need to use Digital Audio connection to my AVR or will the HDMI cable connected to the AVR provide surround sound from the DirecTV receiver? Thanks for the assistance!
     
  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    HDMI cable will work fine.
     
  3. allenn

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    Thanks for the reply ;-) I guess it makes sense, because my Sony PS4 only has HDMI. Why is there a Digital Audio Out - Coaxial and Optical? There are no component outputs, but there is a Mini Din for composite out. Very confusing. AT&T sent me an HR54-700 which only has a TOS-Link out. Would this receiver work with HDMI for 5.1?
     
  4. codespy

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    It’s also confusing that in your 1st post you indicated a HR54-500 but then a HR54-700 in your 2nd. :)
    As MM indicated, you can run HDMI thru your compatible AVR to get 5.1, or use TOS-link to achieve the same. Component out is pretty much dead in equipment for years now. For my 4K UHD DVD player, only HDMI thru AVR carries Dolby Atmos. Hope that helps.
     
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  5. harsh

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    This is for those with older AVRs and sound bars that don't offer HDMI video pass-through.
    The DIN jack includes both component and composite outputs. The available cables only support one or the other.
     
  6. allenn

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    I guess my age is showing. I apologize for confusion. AT&T replaced my HR44-200 (setup in 2016) with a HR54-500. It was a refurb with a lot of cosmetic damage. I requested a replacement which was a HR54-700.
     
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  7. allenn

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    Thanks for all the replies and education. You can teach old men new stuff
     
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