Originally Posted by ~Ohdee~
Could someone please briefly explain this to me. I recently purchased a Sony S500 BDP. I read in the Sony sticky to hook the BDP up to the receiver using the analog outs so I’m able to achieve uncompressed PCM.
My receiver is an older Merantz SR6400. No HDMI and no Dolby True-HD DTS HD formats.
What would you recommend is the best way to hook up the audio? Could it be that after ten plus years of digital audio I’m to now to go back to analog? This doesn’t make any since to me????
You are not going backwards by interconnecting your devices with 6 channel analog (I am assuming that your equipment is 6-channel analog capable since I am not familiar with either piece.)
Remember all audio starts as analog (voice) and ends up as analog (speaker to your ears). How it gets between these two varies considerably.
Uncompress PCM should be the best possible audio available since all the other digital formats start with this and compress it (older DD & DTS and some of the newer formats) or just zipped it up into a smaller file for space savings (True HD, DTS-HD MA).
The only reason that I can see that using analog connections to your receiver may be a problem is getting the levels set correctly, espically the LFE channel. This can be tricky.
I am using an analog setup with my Samsung P1400 and Denon 3300 AVR. The Denon is not capable of decoding the new HD formats, but the P1400 is with the exception of the DTS-HD MA. I use the uncompressed PCM track whenever it is available, then go down from there if it is not.
The only problem that I have had is setting the audio levels because 1) the Denon 3300 Manual is very poor in explaining how to trim the levels on an individual input basis, and 2) the subwoofer setting has been difficult. But, now I am very happy with the results - - it rocks the house!