Thread: DTS-MA over analog?
11-16-2008 02:25 AM #1Member
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DTS-MA over analog?
I'm looking to purchase my first Blu Ray player and have some questions concerning audio. I'm planning on connecting it to my older Yamaha receiver. My receiver doesn't support HDMI, but I do have analog inputs that I would like to use (although in the short term I might use the coaxial or optical inputs until I can find the time to tear it apart and connect the analogs). In 2 or 3 years I will probably upgrade my receiver to a newer unit with HDMI. I do not upgrade my hardware very often, so what I purchase is usually used for 10 years or more. With that in mind....
I'm leaning towards the following players:
Pros: coaxial output (I only have a coaxial input available on my receiver), low price, very nice feature set for the money
Con: no DTS-MA decoding, but it will bitstream to a suitable receiver (if I understand correctly)
Pros: analog outputs, lowest price among those with analog outputs
Con: again no DTS-MA, (but it may get this feature in the future with a firmware upgrade that has been promised), no coaxial output
Pros: analog outputs, coaxial output, full decoding of all audio formats
Cons: most expensive of those I'm considering
I'm tempted to just go with the Sony and enjoy standard DD audio until I upgrade my receiver. This would save me spending an additional $100 for a feature that I will only use for a couple of years, but if I went with an analog output perhaps I could just postpone that receiver upgrade indefinitely.
My main question is this....if I have a player that DOES NOT decode DTS-MA connected to my receiver with analog outputs, and I play a disk that only offers DTS-MA, will I get any sound? Since this is surely a common scenario I would assume that I would get the DTS core...
11-16-2008 02:39 AM #2
Why don't you also check out the Sony BDP-S550. It too also has analog outputs and decodes all audio formats. It's currently retails for $399, but amazon has it for $329.99 right now (their prices always fluxuate daily).
just noticed the DMP-BD55K is $9 cheaper. Most would say go with this one.
As long as your receiver decodes DTS, then you will hear the core track on a DTS-MA disc.People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint. It's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey... stuff.
11-16-2008 03:20 AM #3
personally i say if your receiver has good sound and isn't about to up and die on you go ahead and spend more now on the player that decodes DTS-MA and use the analog outs... more cables to fiddle with but it gets the job doneLONG LIVE DREAMCAST!
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