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HDMI, Digital out, Dolby + Panasonic plasma

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by PortlandSpartan, May 13, 2007.

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  1. PortlandSpartan

    PortlandSpartan Cool Member

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    Ok, here is my situation. My setup consists of an HR20, Panasonic plasma, Samsung audio system, XBOX360, and soon to be an Oppo DVD player. My problem is going to be with audio inputs on the surround player. It has two optical inputs - one is currently used by the XBOX and one is used by the HR20. I will need to go optical out from the DVD player.

    Can I utilize the HDMI capabilities of my TV to consolidate audio outputs? My thinking is that I can go HDMI out of the HR20 and HDMI out of the DVD player and then use the one digital optical out of my TV into the surround system. Would that work?
     
  2. CCarncross

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    The answer is it depends. It depends on whether your tv will properly pass the DD output to your surround sound system. There are a lot of tvs that do not. Primarily, tvs with a digital output typically send the digital signal out if you are using the bulit in ATSC tuner to recieve OTA HD stations. You would be much better served either upgrading your surround sound system to one that actually has enough inputs, or buying an optical switcher...
     
  3. PortlandSpartan

    PortlandSpartan Cool Member

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    Don't I wish. :)

    Worst case is I don't go optical with the XBOX. Thanks for the info.
     
  4. skakusha

    skakusha AllStar

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    Most Plasmas and TV's only pass DD 2.0 through the TV. I have a Panny 42 inch. I think it is THU60X. . . something like that. . . I bought it last year. I was very frustrated until I read the book and realize dit was the TV.

    Of course, as most people on here, I did not read the book until I had an issue.

    There are plenty of switch boxes you can get. Also, try using the coax digital inputs on your receivers for 5.1, to bypass the need for fiber optic. In case you don;t use these, they are on many boxes, except the HR20, and you can use a good rca cable to do this and still get 5.1.


    Good Luck!
     
  5. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    There are optical to coax [digital] adapters for about $15-20. I googled it once and found a bunch.
     
  6. hilmar2k

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    Do your DVD player and receiver not have digital coax inputs? That's how I have my DVD player connected due to the same lack of optical inputs.
     
  7. jimbojive

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    the panny doesn't passthru 5.1
    i don't understand what it is for.
     
  8. veryoldschool

    veryoldschool Lifetime Achiever Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    It is like my Sony, if I use the TV to watch OTA HD, then it outputs 5.1 to my AV receiver.
     
  9. KCCardsfan

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    My JVC only passes the Digital OTA optical, had to use the Digital Coax out on my DVD to the receiver, then my two Optical inputs are for my HR20 & TV. Found this out after buying the TV, I had planned on using the Optical out of my TV also for the HR20 & DVD, luckily I had enough inputs on my receiver.
     
  10. PortlandSpartan

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    Thanks for all the input folks. Sounds like coax is my only option here.
     
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