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Sony BDP-BX1 and a Marantz SR8200
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Post 1 made on Tuesday March 3, 2009 at 00:28
Long Time Member
November 2005
I have a client who has these two items and wants to get DTS - HD sound to his speaker system. Since his receiver has no HDMI inputs is this possible or is he limited to Dolby Digital HD. System is wired as follows, the DVD player is hooked directly to the TV and an optical cable is hooked to from the Sony BDP-X1 to the receiver.

I am not sure what to advice and want to see if someone knows the answer before I research.
Post 2 made on Tuesday March 3, 2009 at 00:39
Daniel Tonks
Wrangler of Remotes
October 1998
If it has no HDMI, then he's going to be limited to *regular* lossy DTS and Dolby Digital (basically the same as DVD). There is no "Dolby Digital HD" format named as such, so I'm not exactly sure which you're referring to there (Dolby TrueHD? Dolby Digital Plus?).

Basically there's only two ways to get any sort of uncompressed/lossless audio from BD: HDMI, and analog 5.1/7.1. The BDP-BX1 doesn't have 5.1 analog outputs, so that won't be of help either.
Post 3 made on Thursday March 5, 2009 at 12:20
Herman Trivilino
Long Time Member
February 2007
On March 3, 2009 at 00:28, mrutta said...
I have a client who has these two items and wants to get DTS-HD sound to his speaker system.

His receiver does not support the new audio formats associated with Blu-ray, namely dts-HD and Dolby TrueHD.

I am not sure what to advice and want to see if someone
knows the answer before I research.

Like me, he's probably upset that his receiver isn't really compatible with these audio formats, as evidenced by the fact that it lacks HDMI capability.

He needn't despair, though. His receiver does provide a way out. It's got 7.1 channel analog inputs. So, he needs to get a Blu-ray player that has 5.1 or 7.1 analog outputs. Daniel has told us that the BDP-BX1 doesn't have these outputs, so it's not really compatible with his receiver.

He's in the same pickle I was in when I got a Blu-ray player for Christmas. Since the player had been purchased recently at a big-box store, I was able to return it and get a model that does have the analog outputs. I got the BDP-S500.

You need to do some research, though, because just having the analog outputs doesn't guarantee that he'll be getting dts-HD Master Audio. He might, for example, have a player that decodes only dts-HD High Res Audio. Most of the discs that have dts-HD have the dts-HD Master Audio. If so, then when he plays one of these discs all he'll get is dts, just like he's getting now.

Why does he want the dts-HD? Is he convinced that he'll be able to hear a difference? I'm not sure he will! The biggest differences are going to come from the quality of the authoring process. Discs that have been well-authored are going to sound better, and that difference is going to be far more noticable than the difference between dts and dts-HD. Likewise for the difference between Dolby Digital and Dolby TrueHD.

You can follow my experiences with this issue in this thread:

Last edited by Herman Trivilino on March 5, 2009 21:54.
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