I have an older DVD player that has Dolby Digital but not DTS and it has Digital 5.1, my receiver has 5.1 inputs and DTS, My question is can I hook them up and play DTS DVD's or should I go out and buy a Progressive Scan DVD player with DTS and the whole works.
Thanks for any help.
My System: Not the best but I like it
Carver Cinema 5.2 spealer system
Sony KDF50WE655 HDTV
Sony STR DB940 Reciever
Sony DVP S5000
If you have component (red, blue, green..NOT red, white, yellow!) then go component. However I find it very odd that your player would have component video but not a DTS decoder. That will handle the video side. The audio side will come from the 6 analog RCA cables that you'll need to connect to the receiver. You do not need the digital connection if you use the 6 RCA's.
He needs the digital audio connection if he wants to use the Dolby Digital decoder inside the receiver. If choosing between using the decoders in the player or in the receiver I always choose the decoders in the receiver. Especially in this case, because it sounds like an old DVD player. Many budget DVD players have component video outputs with no internal surround decoding.
I just realized I was telling you backwards...now I'm confused! You CAN'T do it with the 6 channel analog because that bypasses the DAC in the receiver and uses the one in the the DVD player..which in this case does not have DTS.
Is that right? Somebody? I'm giving myself a headache...
The DVD player was one of the first Sony around and has Dolby Digital but not DTS, my reciever has both. So what I guess I'm really asking is can I use my receiver's DTS decoder to listen to DTS DVD.
If your receiver can decode both Dolby Digital and DTS, you can jettison those 5.1 analog interconnects between the DVD player and the receiver. One digital connection is all you need. As Nick suggested, let the receiver handle the decoding.
You may want to spend some time reading the manuals for both the DVD and the receiver to do this though.