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Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-19-2014, 08:20 PM
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Posted By BIslander
I wouldn't recommend the MCH analog route. (And...

I wouldn't recommend the MCH analog route. (And I'm one who uses it myself.). Analog is not simple plug and play. Since analog bypasses all of the receiver's digital processing, you need to...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-19-2014, 05:04 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By BIslander
Panasonic TVs do not pass through encoded audio...

Panasonic TVs do not pass through encoded audio from HDMI inputs. At least, I've never seen one that does.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-18-2014, 07:41 PM
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Posted By BIslander
^ Do any of those address the OP's problem of...

^ Do any of those address the OP's problem of needing different HDMI handshakes for the display and the receiver?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-18-2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By BIslander
I've yet to see an HDMI switch that does what you...

I've yet to see an HDMI switch that does what you want. They all seem to have a primary path that negotiates a single connection used for all outputs. That's why there are players with dual outputs....
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-18-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 114
Posted By BIslander
If you are set to Ext. In, then the receiver...

If you are set to Ext. In, then the receiver simply outputs whatever the player sends it. So, the culprit is likely the player. Your baby seems to have set the SACD player to stereo instead of...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-18-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By BIslander
You have to send audio to the receiver somehow. ...

You have to send audio to the receiver somehow. Yours doesn't process audio over HDMI, so you need some other sort of connection.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-18-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By BIslander
Or, get a player with a coax or optical output...

Or, get a player with a coax or optical output for audio. That would be a cheaper way to go.
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-18-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 264
Posted By BIslander
Get a Blu-ray player with two HDMI outputs.

Get a Blu-ray player with two HDMI outputs.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   08-17-2014, 08:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 86
Posted By BIslander
ARC is only a way to send audio from the TV to...

ARC is only a way to send audio from the TV to the AVR without needing a separate optical or digital coax cable. HDMI-CEC is the control system and I would be hesitant to rely on it. HDMI Control...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-17-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 37
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Posted By BIslander
I probably shouldn't ask, but if (a) companies...

I probably shouldn't ask, but if (a) companies can engineer the slimline model at the low price you suggest and (b) there's a large market for such a device, why isn't it widely available?
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-17-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By BIslander
Back in 2007 it was not uncommon for inexpensive...

Back in 2007 it was not uncommon for inexpensive receivers to just be HDMI switchers, requiring a separate audio connection to get sound to the speakers. These days, all AVRs can process sound from...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-17-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By BIslander
I wouldn't recommend running the 5.1 system and...

I wouldn't recommend running the 5.1 system and the separate stereo pair at the same time in the same room. One or the other, not both together.

I would leave your 5.1 system alone and use the...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-17-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By BIslander
Hook up the speakers to the Pioneer receiver and...

Hook up the speakers to the Pioneer receiver and make audio connections from whatever source devices you want to hear over those speakers. For example, the cable box likely has several audio outputs...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-16-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 850
Posted By BIslander
I see them ask all the time. Countless numbers...

I see them ask all the time. Countless numbers of posters come to forums like this one asking for information about purchasing such devices. They rarely come here asking for low profile models.
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Forum: Surround Music Formats   08-16-2014, 03:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 375
Posted By BIslander
Have you calibrated your system for both digital...

Have you calibrated your system for both digital and multichannel analog? The digital setup of your Denon does not apply when using the external inputs. Plus, any comparison you try to do will be...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-16-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 850
Posted By BIslander
RuralWaves. - If your point in posting was to...

RuralWaves. - If your point in posting was to determine (a) whether the one slimline model in your price range is any good, or (b) if there are any other models in your price range, then you have...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-15-2014, 06:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By BIslander
Connect an optical cable from the TV to the...

Connect an optical cable from the TV to the receiver. Or use ARC if both devices support it. There's also likely a setting on the TV controlling whether the TV sends sound to the the external...
Forum: Receivers, Amps, and Processors   08-14-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 93
Posted By BIslander
The Dolby and DTS sites both explain those modes,...

The Dolby and DTS sites both explain those modes, which are designed to produce more realistic multichannel sound than something like all channel stereo.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   08-12-2014, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 319
Posted By BIslander
Connecting all devices to the receiver and using...

Connecting all devices to the receiver and using it as the input switcher is the usual way of configuring a theater system. The receiver processes the audio and send the video to the TV. An optical...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-11-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 479
Posted By BIslander
Most players don't report the specs of all...

Most players don't report the specs of all possible outputs. When you play a TrueHD track, the player may be processing it for lossless bitstream output, as a lossy source for mixing in secondary...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-11-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 479
Posted By BIslander
To the OP - movie soundtracks are mastered as...

To the OP - movie soundtracks are mastered as multichannel PCM, which takes up a lot space on a disc. In order to save space, without sacrificing quality, studios useless lossless data compression -...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-11-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 479
Posted By BIslander
It's not possible to send dts-MA over an optical...

It's not possible to send dts-MA over an optical connection. What did your Pioneer report that leads you to believe it was receiving a lossless codec?
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-11-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 479
Posted By BIslander
The DD 5.1 track embedded in the TrueHD package...

The DD 5.1 track embedded in the TrueHD package is encoded at the maximum bitrate, much higher than the rate used on DVD, and it rivals lossless in quality. The same goes for the DTS core used with...
Forum: Audio theory, Setup and Chat   08-11-2014, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 218
Posted By BIslander
Normally, the player configuration determines...

Normally, the player configuration determines whether the output is PCM or the encoded track.
Forum: Home Theater In A Box   08-09-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 319
Posted By BIslander
Gumption or not, you cannot route optical through...

Gumption or not, you cannot route optical through a TV as TVs don't have optical inputs, just outputs.

Audio Return Channel is not an audio format. It is simply a way to feed sound from a TV to...
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