This is my first post, hope this is in the right place. I've done a lot of research but I'm still lacking some knowledge.
I've got a very specific situation, I've got most of it figured out but specs on the blue ray player still have me confused.Maybe its best that I explain first, if you are willing to read, otherwise go to the list of questions down below.
- Me and a friend are going to build a small cinema-room. A 70 square meter room (750 square feet) with about 30 seats.
- 5 meter wide screen (16 feet)
- projector using hdmi input preferably
- 5.1 surround system using active PA speakers something in the line of five DB technologies Cromo 10's and one db technologies 808 sub.
db technologies speakers:
db technologies sub:
These speakers require a XLR balanced input. My plan is to use a dvd and blu ray player that has 5.1 rca analogue output, connect those to three radial J+4 boxes to boost the rca signals to +4dbu signals. This way I can make long cable runs with balanced xlr cable and have no noise interference (hiss, hum, ground loops...)
radial J+4 box:http://www.radialeng.com/r2011/j4.php
volume control will be set on the amps (built-in in the speakers) and/or on the radial boxes, with hardware buttons, so no remote for volume but thats really not an issue.
I come from an more audio/analogue background, I run a recording studio and have played concerts for years etc... I was first thinking of getting a system like the 3000 series from JBL, but thats crazy expensive for a couple of passive speakers. Using these concert/PA speakers (with built in amps) will get me a much better sounding and more powerfull system for less money. At least that is what I think, feel free to correct me.
So I figured all I need is a player with 5.1 analogue rca outputs, no biggie, right!?
Well it turns out these are hard to find these days.The needed specs are these:
A player that:
- plays regular dvd's (duh)
- plays blu-ray discs (not mandatory but these days its hard to find one that doesn't. And I might consider switching to blue ray discs on future film purchases if it really is that much better)
- has 5.1 rca analogue outputs (or balanced TRS/XLR outputs, but my research tells me that that simply doesn't exist. Weird)
- has hdmi out (which I'll only use for video)
- has component video and/or composite video as backup.
- Needs to support 5.1 dolby digital, 5.1 dts and 5.1 dts ES on a REGULAR DVD disc (not blu-ray disc)
- under 500 euro/dollars
Now, I think I've might have found this in the Panasonic DMP-BDT500http://www.trustedreviews.com/panasonic-dmp-bdt500_Blu-ray-Player_specs
but looking at the specs I realize I don't know the basics of the more modern formats. Please help me out on my following questions:
1. Image quality: when using hdmi, I don't get how there can be differences in image quality between players. Hdmi sends digital information, it only gets converted to analogue by the TV or projector, so I figure its the latter who will determine the image quality, as the digital data sent from the player will always contain the same digital information, regardless of which player. Am I thinking wrong here?
2. On-board decoders; the specs of the panasonic-dmp-bdt500 say that it supports:
- Dolby TrueHD
- DTS Master Audio
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- Bitstream Audio Out
But does that mean I can play a REGULAR DVD with regular DTS 5.1 on it in surround? How about a regular DVD with 5.1 DD or 5.1 DTS ES?? (this is my biggest question)
3. The review says: 'true audiophiles might be put off by the lack of DVD-Audio and SACD playback.' Can someone explain this to me in simple language? cuz I read this as: 'my regular DVD's will play without any sound'
4. If a player has a 7.1 rca analogue output system, can I simply connect my 5.1 system; leave the 2 additional rca ports unconnected and it'll do the job just as long as I select a 5.1 soundtrack from the disc's menu?
5. Any other good players that meet the requirements set above?
Thanks for reading, any help would be very much appreciated.