Join Date: Apr 2010
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I was thinking of picking up the VSB200, but after reading through several threads, I don't believe it will work with my setup.
I have a Panasonic Plasma TC-P50U1 with a fiber optic digital audio out jack (there are no RCA audio out jacks), a Panasonic BD60 Blue-Ray player (connected to the display via HDMI), and a DirecTV HD DVR box (also connected to the display via HDMI).
The technical information on the fiber optic digital audio out contains a phrase I've seen quoted in this thread and others: "When an ATSC channel is selected, the output from the digital audio out jack will be Dolby Digital. When an NTSC channel is selected, the output will be PCM." After reading through the manual, I believe this is all done automatically, and I do not see where there is an option to have all of the audio signals coming in through HDMI converted to PCM through the fiber optic digial audio out jack.
So, since the VSB200 cannot process all Dolby Digital formats, sometimes I will have sound and sometimes I won't depending on which (if any) Dolby Digital format the source material is using.
Is all of that correct?
I realize there are probably workarounds in terms of how the components are wired, but if I can't just connect the VSB200 to my display with a fiber optic cable and have it work consistently, then I'd rather look elsewhere (like the Sony CT100 with the HDMI jacks) or just wait for the 2010 Vizio soundbars to come out later this year. All I'm really looking for here is upgraded stereo sound (and hopefully clearer dialogue). True multi-channel surround sound just isn't that important to me right now.
Thanks in advance,