6 channel analog or digital coax from DVD?

Reply

  #1  
Old 10-04-05, 10:11 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Indiana (formerly Massachusetts)
Posts: 323
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
6 channel analog or digital coax from DVD?

hi

i just set up a home theatre system. generally speaking i have a sony wega LCD HD tv; onkyo receiver, polk audio satellite speakers and a toshiba DVD player.

my first question (there will be others) is: i have hooked up the DVD audio with the 6 channel analog outputs. however, i could have used the digital coax and possibly the optical "bitstream" output.

which is better?

thanks
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 10-04-05, 01:00 PM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 181
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I would have to say use a digital connection. Or the optical if you want to spend the $$ for a cable.
 
  #3  
Old 10-04-05, 01:19 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Indiana (formerly Massachusetts)
Posts: 323
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
do you have a reason for thinking digital over the 6-channel analog?
 
  #4  
Old 10-04-05, 07:22 PM
Member
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: United States
Posts: 2,535
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I've have both analog and optical connected to the same DVD player and can't really tell the difference. Perhaps I'll try several DVDs and switch between analog and digital inputs to see if I can tell a difference. But that won't be for several weeks.

I use the analog for listening to DVD-A discs. "Brain Salad Surgery" is simply awesome!
 
  #5  
Old 10-05-05, 05:57 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Indiana (formerly Massachusetts)
Posts: 323
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
last night i purchased the coax cable. it seems fine.

i was a llittle worried that one of the rca cables for the analog wasn't working well so i decided to simplify the connection by using just the one coax instead of the many for the analog.

i don't have that "brain salad surgery" so maybe i won't need the analog.

one other question though: do i set my DVD to "bitstream" or "PCM" as the output?

i don't even know what PCM is.

thanks
 
  #6  
Old 10-05-05, 06:17 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 181
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
My reason for the one coax is just that, 1 cable vs 6. Less of a spiders nest.

Set your DVD to PCM.

PCM = Pulse Code Modulation

If you have time, do a search on bitstream pcm
Was not able to find anything recent but this kinda explains the difference.


www.meridian-audio.com/ara/bitstrea.htm
 
  #7  
Old 10-05-05, 07:02 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Indiana (formerly Massachusetts)
Posts: 323
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
thanks. will do!!!

i must say, i glanced at the link you sent and the terminology went right over my head. but, i will read more and see if i can figure it out alittle.

i set my dvd to bitstream because i thought it sounded better than PCM. but, i will experiment.

is bitstream more for optical or does this have nothing to do with it?

thanks
 
  #8  
Old 10-05-05, 10:31 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Indiana (formerly Massachusetts)
Posts: 323
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
i did a search and found this link.. easy to understand and informative:

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums...hp/t-7746.html
 
  #9  
Old 10-05-05, 11:38 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 181
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the link.

I will have to check my statement on the bitstream/PCM setting.
Also need to see what mine is set to.

BobF would know for sure which is best.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: