Does decoding of audio occur in player or reciever?

marks2512 -- Sat, 10/25/2008 - 16:40

I have an Anthem AVM50 which has hdmi but does not decode any of the new audio formats that Blu-ray has to offer. Do any Bd players decode all the audio formats before sending it to the receiver/processor on hdmi.
I understand some players will decode the audio and send it out on analog, but I want to keep my sacd player.
Any help?

Steven Stone -- Sat, 10/25/2008 - 17:46

As far as I know the newest players that support True HD send it out via HDMI only. Coax or Toslink will be PCM. If your Anthem doesn't support those formats you can set some players to send out a PCM stream via HDMI if you wish. Also you can use the analog outs from your Blue-Ray to your Anthem's analog 5.1 input.

I'm pretty sure your Anthem will support Dolby Digital (or AC-3 as it used to be called). Frankly unless your tastes lean heavily toward Hollywood blockbusters, you'll find very few DVD movies that fully support Dolby True HD. More Blu Ray titles do and will in the future.

If I were you I'd keep my SACD player for audio discs and add a Blue Ray player for video. They should be down to commodity pricing in no time :)

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

Robert Harley -- Tue, 10/28/2008 - 16:37

Some players decode Dolby TrueHD internally and present eight analog outputs on RCA jacks for connection to the discrete six (or eight) channel analog input on a controller or receiver. The Sony BDP-S2000 I reviewed does this.

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