Analog 7.1 outputs not always lossless?

default -- Sat, 05/16/2009 - 01:54

I have heard that not every bluray player with 7.1 analog outputs can put the full uncompressed audio sound (TrueHD and HDMA) to those outputs.
For example some units might only be able to put compressed audio channels to the analog outputs.
Is this true?
If true, I would like to see a list of players with 7.1 analog outputs and what codecs they can put through their analog outputs.

Robert Harley -- Mon, 05/18/2009 - 13:33

The owner's manual (or spec sheet) should say whether the Blu-ray player has internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The first-generation players generally didn't decode the high-res formats, but players coming out now should all have that capability.

sjr (not verified) -- Mon, 07/06/2009 - 23:03

I have read thru all your posts and while I have learned much, I think I have now confused mysef. I have a BDP-S300 with the 4.5 firmware update. I am looking to upgrade my processer from an older 5.1 Panasonic to a reciever that I can use as both a preamp for my main systems power amps and using the recievers internal amp to run speakers in other zones. I am looking as usual to buy second hand to get the most bang for my buck Where I am confused is, will my s-300 decode yhr true HD and output thru the HDMI or 7.1 analogs so that I can get buy with a reciever that does not then have a true HD decoder does not.  

Robert Harley -- Thu, 07/09/2009 - 14:03

The BDP-S300 will not decode Dolby TrueHD:

sjr (not verified) -- Fri, 07/24/2009 - 21:35

Thank you so much for replying. My confusion comes from the fact that the firmware update notes from the link you noted say that it will.
What am I missing?

locksmith in los angeles (not verified) -- Thu, 08/20/2009 - 03:28

The manual can be checked.

Thomas (not verified) -- Mon, 08/31/2009 - 00:34

I bought a Panasonic BD80 for it's high-res audio decoding and 7.1 analog outs(my Yamaha receiver is non-HDMI). I'm not really pleased with the sound I get from Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio over the analog outs. Dolby Digital and DTS Digital over the digital optical cable seems more dynamic. Obviously, an HDMI connection for the high res formats is the way to go. But......HDMI receivers I've researched either decode the high-res formats or the HDMI is "pass through only". A separate audio cable(digital optical for low-res audio?)is needed. So.....I need a receiver that decodes high-res audio. That's redundant. What's the point of a BD player that decodes high-res audio, especially one that doesn't have analog outs, like the Panny BD-60? Oh well....I got that off my chest.

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