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I have a Motorola DCH3416 connected over HDMI to my Onkyo TX-807. I just hooked up my surround speakers so I was trying to play something in surround. I had Die Hard recorded. The info on it said 'Surround Sound' but my receiver was reporting 'Dolby, 2.0 ch' input, '5.1 output'. What gives?
I tried another movie, the Matrix, and my receiver reported 'dolby 5.1' input and output.
Was that just a coincedence that I checked and they had a mistake? Or was my receiver able to decode Die Hard because it was designated Dolby?

Also, does anyone know where I can find a list of all of the symbols and their descriptions? Example, CC means closed Captioning...
Thanks,
John
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One of many DVD/video glossary and acronym lists.
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I have a Motorola DCH3416 connected over HDMI to my Onkyo TX-807. I just hooked up my surround speakers so I was trying to play something in surround. I had Die Hard recorded. The info on it said 'Surround Sound' but my receiver was reporting 'Dolby, 2.0 ch' input, '5.1 output'. What gives?

What channel did you record it on? Also, "surround sound" can sometimes just mean 2-channel content with Pro-Logic II matrix coding for the surround channels. Depends on the program and the channel serving it up.

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I tried another movie, the Matrix, and my receiver reported 'dolby 5.1' input and output.
Was that just a coincedence that I checked and they had a mistake? Or was my receiver able to decode Die Hard because it was designated Dolby?

Well, "Dolby" doesn't (necessarily) mean "surround"; all digital cable content has Dolby Digital audio, but the channel configuration can vary, based on which channel you're watching and what program you're watching. Most common are, of course, Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (full discrete surround), but occasionally you'll see others. (A few SD news channels use DD 1.0, which is a mono channel config.)
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What channel did you record it on? Also, "surround sound" can sometimes just mean 2-channel content with Pro-Logic II matrix coding for the surround channels. Depends on the program and the channel serving it up.



Well, "Dolby" doesn't (necessarily) mean "surround"; all digital cable content has Dolby Digital audio, but the channel configuration can vary, based on which channel you're watching and what program you're watching. Most common are, of course, Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (full discrete surround), but occasionally you'll see others. (A few SD news channels use DD 1.0, which is a mono channel config.)

Thanks for the info. I don't recall the specific channel and I have deleted the recording.
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