So even if the disc only has a DTS soundtrack, you can still set the BD player to send stereo via the optical? Is that true of all BD players (mine is a fairly old Panasonic BD30)? I will try this out soon and report back, but thanks for the suggestion.
A guy in a tv shop told me recently that tv manufacturers will start to phase out optical connections. Can't see it myself, but I wonder if anyone else heard anything like this. If its true, then speakers with optical only will be defunked in future. Be interested to hear from anyone in this.
Okay, just to confirm the results of last night's experimentation, you can get sound from Blu-ray with a DTS-HD soundtrack by connecting the BD player directly to the Playbar and then setting the BD player to output PCM via optical whenever the disc only has a DTS signal (it should not be necessary to persistently switch the BD player's output). The Playbar then takes the signal and attempts to recreate the surround effects. Now before the audiophiles start shuting, I'm not saying this is the same as true 5.1 or 7.1, and clearly DTS-HD should be added to the Playbar's capability, but at least it means that Blu-ray discs are not redundant, as many have suggested. I have yet to be able to properly compare the recreated sound with the sound drom Dolby Digital soundtracks, which the Playbar does decode, but I will do so and report back if anyone is interested.
Yes! I am interested.I also have a 6 year old bd30 and am very interested in aquring a playbar
Good-o, couldn't think of any reason why that wouldn't work but I'm glad it did. Mostly because I get to feel smug about it but at least you can watch your movies now...
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