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Cheapest way to get analog pre-outs from Blu Ray?

3153 Views 7 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  afrogt
Hello everyone, I am trying to find the best way to set up an outdoor theater system. I am completely unfamiliar with how everything works these days now that we have switched HDCP. Here is my situation, I have a system comprised entirely of Pro Audio amps speakers and subs that I would like to use for a 5.1 system. However, it seems that getting all that uncompressed audio goodness out to my amps is just about impossible to do, I would be fine with running plan old DTS or Dolby if it would simplify things but I don't know if that is an option anymore with the new lossless encrypted tracks.

For the sake of simplicity, I would like to just have a plain old blu ray player that has audio outs like an OPPO but without the $500 price tag. (Both of my current blu ray players have absolutely no form of analog out, not even stereo!) I saw an excel doc on here of all the different audio options on Blu Ray players over the years but many of the ones that had 7.1 analog outs where either gone or earned horrible reviews. The second option I would love to do would be to set up a laptop with an external soundcard to my amps, however with HDCP, I am completely clueless as to how to find a soundcard that will do this, if there are any. It seems that most people simply want a way to pass the digital signal from their computer to their receiver and are happy with that. However, since I am using PA amps, the signal will have to be turned to analog first. The second option I have seen people do is use a high quality soundcard to decrypt the signal and send the 6 or 8 channels of audio in bitstream out to DAC's for conversion to analog, but this is expensive.

Is it possible anymore to just run plain old compressed DTS or DD on a blu ray or does it all have to be encrypted lossless?

Can you recommend one of the older style Blu Ray players that has 5.1 or 7.1 audio out for my needs, I am fine with grabbing one on ebay if it does what I need.

I am honestly so confused at this point that I am just ready to download torrents of my Blu Ray movies because I don't see how to get the discs and players to do what I want. I would very much prefer NOT to do this for legality sake as well as for the overall quality but I am at my wits end.

Budget is very important for us as this is simply an outdoor system and I already have some very good speakers, subs and amps, I just need to get the signals to them as cheaply as possible.

BTW, can I just send out a big thank you to all those genius's in the industry who gave us the system we have today! They really found a successful way to stop people from pirating their content while enabling their paying customers to enjoy everything they purchased without any complications or confusion.
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Thanks so much, that may work perfect for us.

Any thoughts on using the laptop option? Can I use DD with an external soundcard still or have they prevented us from doing that now?
If your looking for the cheapest player you might want to pick up just about any old bluray player. My old Panasonic 110 has analog out. Pretty much all the older players had analog output. Back a few years ago analog was not a upgrade option only found in higher level players. Maybe try a second hand store or craigslist if you want something quick?

If you can play bluray on your laptop you should be able to connect the headphone jack to for stereo out. The audio should go through both hdmi and stereo, you might need to check the settings of your player software if it's not doing it on it's own.
I am used to seeing stereo analog out, I want 5.1 or 7.1 analog out, this is a much less common feature on blu ray players, unless I am mistaken. I have not seen 7.1 analog out on any of the players I have seen used, although I am certain there are many models, I just want to know if there is a good one I should keep my eye out for.
After looking into things more, I think I may just rip my Blu Rays into mkv's and play them through a computer with a normal sound card. This way I won't have to deal with all the HDCP issues on the audio side and won't have to worry about the time needed to load the feature or cue up my pre-show slides and clips.

I had no idea it was so easy to rip a blue ray and strip the aacs, bit it isn't hard at all.
Just saw current model panasonic dmp-bd87 had analog out. At target.
He's looking for 5.1 or 7.1 analog out. The Panny bd87 only has stereo outs.
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