Originally Posted by HHarm
I just bought a second hand SR9600. It's not here yet, but I thought I'd ask in advance.
From what I understand the older models support only 5.1 LPCM through HDMI. The newer ones have full 7.1. I currently have a 5.0 sound system but might want to expand it in the future. I have a few Blu-rays with 7.1 sound tracks. How do I recognise which version of the SR9600 I have? Will a 7.1 sountrack play as a 5.1 sountrack or will it not play at all on an older SR9600?
From what I understand an SR9600 that only does 5.1 LPCM can be updated to support 7.1 LPCM. That's of course something that a service central need to do. Is it just a firmware update or is something done to the harware too? Is it a costly upgrade?
I am not sure that I fully understand your question but I will try to answer. I have an SR9600 and it has 7.1 analog inputs--I believe all of the SR9600's support 7.1 but if not the case and yours is only 5.1 you will still get 5.1 DD or DTS surround from a 7.1 BD.
I will be getting the BD8003 and will use the HDMI direct to the TV for the video (1.3a compliant) and I will use the 7.1 analog outputs of the BD8003 to the 7.1 analog inputs on the SR9600. This will get me either 5.1 or 7.1 lossless (DTS HD MA et al) since the BD 8003 will do all of the decoding for audio.
If you have a BD player that has 5.1 analog outputs you can set up the same way but you will need a BD player that can decode the DD True HD and/or DTS HD MA since the SR9600 cannot do this particular decoding. The SR9600can decode DTS Neo 6, DD EX, et al but not the newer lossless.
You will only get core DD or DTS if you use HDMI for both audio and video and decode through your SR9600.
If I am wrong about this please jump in and educate me too. Thanks.