I just spoke to sky to ask if anything had changed recently regarding output of 5.1 via hdmi. They confirmed that 5.1 is now available via hdmi.
In the sky sound setup, when you previously tried to turn on dolby, it would say "connect optical cable". Now with just an hdmi connection, it allows you to turn on dolby and select any output delay needed !
Which Sky+ HD box have you got? As far as I'm aware, this is a hardware limitation & unless Sky comes out with boxes with newer chipsets, it is not possible.
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Assuming then that some boxes have this hdmi/dd output, should we be removing the digital cables in its favour. Should better quality be expected?
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I wouldn't see any reason why the quality would improve, it would just make the wiring and receiver config easier, although I might still be inclined to use the Optical to the amp and HDMI to the TV to allow Sky to be watched through the TV speakers. Or at least I would, if my TV had any speakers. My amp doesn't have HDMI either, so it doesn't really make much difference to me really...
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I guess when Sky send TrueHD etc, next week, then I need to change settings to hdmi. Mmmmmm. Seriously, Sky dd quality/quantity seems to be up there with the best. When I changed from Virgin, I asked them, Virgin, when they were transmitting dd. They had no idea.
I don't think anybody suggested that was going to happen, that would require a lot more bandwidth, particularly DTS-HD which has far less compression. Even True-HD is something like 6Mb/s, compared to DD which is measured in Kb/s iirc.
Well, check at least if the setting is available, as BB said Sky have been using an HDMI 1.1 chipset, that doesn't allow DD over HDMI, so unless you've got a very new box I doubt you'll be able to do it.
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