I've read 5.1 only accessable via HDMI input on receiver

lenwfl -- Sat, 08/23/2008 - 10:58

A review on Amazon states you need a receiver with HDMI input to get 5.1 surround from Blu-Ray on the Sony BDP-S350. My current B&K Ref 30 sound processor accepts both optical and coaxial cable inputs, but according to the review that will only give me 2 channel.

Amazon Review:
http://www.amazon.com/review/product/B001A4LVYY/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?%5Fen...

"You can only get better than 2-channel sound with Blu-Ray if you use an HDMI cable (manual, p. 62), and thus you need a home theater receiver that accepts HDMI, so you may need to upgrade your receiver. (For example, if you're hearing 5.1 sound on DVDs with an optical cable, you won't hear 5.1 on Blu-Ray with this player, even though it has optical out.)"

Robert Harley -- Sat, 08/23/2008 - 14:34

The BDP-S350's coaxial (or optical) digital output jack will output a linear PCM two-channel signal or a 5.1-channel Dolby Digital signal, depending on the a setting within "Audio Settings."

In short, the BDP-S350 will output a 5.1-channel Dolby Digital signal from the coaxial and optical jacks. You can get multichannel sound from your existing (non-HDMI) controller.

lenwfl -- Sat, 08/23/2008 - 21:47

coaxial will generate a 5.1 signal for my B&K Ref 30. Now if you can reassure me the Sony S350 does as a good job of upconverting regular DVD's to my 1080i plasma as my 3 year old Zenith/DVB 318, I'm ready to take the plunge into Blu-Ray.

Len

Robert Harley -- Sat, 08/23/2008 - 22:39

I don't know the quality of the scaler in your Zenith, so I can't provide any advice. I would think that the benefits of Blu-ray would be an overriding factor in buying a BD player. I've stopped buying DVDs since getting my BD machine.

lenwfl -- Sun, 08/24/2008 - 11:24

robert_harley6 wrote:I don't know the quality of the scaler in your Zenith, so I can't provide any advice. I would think that the benefits of Blu-ray would be an overriding factor in buying a BD player. I've stopped buying DVDs since getting my BD machine.

The only reason I'm interested in PQ on regular DVD's is because most of my viewing is renting via NetFlix. While NetFlix does offer Blu-Ray discs, not everything I want to watch is Blu-Ray yet.

Len

mecolwell -- Mon, 01/05/2009 - 20:45

I have had Blu-ray now since Christmas, and have watched 7 films on it, so far.
It will be hard to go back to DVD, after the detailed and smooth images I have seen, so far, but I will, for sure, once some of the novelty wears off (maybe, we'll see).
I have looked at a few scenes to see how the player does with DVD (it is a Panasonic BD-55), which by all the reviews I have read (about 5), everyone says this is the current player to get for loading, operations, DVD quality, and Blu-ray quality.
I still have a 5.1 setup, which due to my room, I will always use, even when I upgrade the Processor, but that is not a high priority, since the Dolby Digital's bitrates are so much higher on Blu, and  "plain old" DD sounds pretty great, all in 5.1, but I am sure Dolby Tru-HD will sound better. The same applies to DTS/DTS Master.
An added result seems to be that more titles are in DTS Master Audio, which translates to DTS 5.1 with the coax out, and DTS always sounds superior, IMO, so the newer decoding algorithms and bitrates apply here, so more titles in DTS than on DVD, which remains a smaller number. 
As always:
Enjoy!
Mike
 
 

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