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You posted your question in an "HD DVD" section, which is a specific HD disc format that was made several years ago and is different from regular DVD players (and Blu-ray players). You will probably get a better response in a standard DVD or Blu-ray forum area.
A basic answer to your question, though, is that most disc players will let you use audio from their analog or optical outputs even when using HDMI for video.
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