I don't think I would go with Y-connectors for the 5.1 analog. That just seems too risky with possible multiple signals competing on the same circuit. I think instead, I will buy a 4-1 component video switcher from Monoprice. They have them for about $34 dollars. This switcher should double as a 5.1 analog audio switcher - if they implemented it as a passive unit - which for the price - seems like they would.
As for connecting up the Samsung BD-P1200 directly to my Pioneer VSX-49tx via 5.1 analog audio - I've done that. For now, I just moved the cables from the Denon DVD player to the Samsung. Now I can listen to the "uncompressed" soundtrack on Blu-Ray discs like "Casino Royale" and "Into The Blue." As expected, it sounds fantastic - but I can't say that it necessarily sounds better than the compressed DD I was listening to previously via the optical SPDIF connector. The LFE on the 5.1 analog was very apparent and the Pioneer did a fine job of sending the low freqs to my 2 subwoofers.
There are a few things to consider about using 5.1 analog: First, it is uncompressed - so that's goodness. Second, I don't believe the Pioneer receiver makes any distance adjustments for the audio - which may be a problem. I'll have to do more A/B testing to determine if this is an issue. The Pioneer does apply level and equalization adjustments - if you choose the multi-channel input adjust mode - so that's good. Finally, the receiver has no way decoding rear channel information from the 5.1 analog surrounds - to get 6.1 or 7.1 sound - so the only thing the receiver knows how to do is to send the same signals that are going to the surrounds, to the rears. For movies, I think this is a real issue for folks with a 6.1 or 7.1 setup. When using the optical digital signal, the receiver can decode the rear channel information, and send it separately to the rears. In this case, the rears speakers are sharing the same signal - but it is a distinct channel from the surrounds. I think I will end up preferring the optical audio method over the 5.1 analog - but time will tell.
Originally Posted by ferrari fan
Michael....why not buy some " Y " connectors ? Hook them up to the Pioneer, then attach each of the speaker cables from your BP-P1200 and Denon dvd player to the " Y " connector. Just make sure you don't have the Denon AND the Samsung ON AT THE SAME TIME
ALSO...Michael...Since I have a Pioneer Elite VSX 45TX, I'm very intrested in how yours handles the LFE since I'm seriously considering the Samsung BD-P1200 also. Meaning I want to know how the Pioneer handles the LFE on the analog 5.1. Maybe....just for now to try it, un-hook the Denon and plug in the Samsung....pretty please
I plan on hooking up by both 5.1 ( using "Y " cables for my dvd-audio discs ) and the digital cable.