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Looking for a DVD/Blu-ray player.

by AB96 / July 15, 2013 8:50 PM PDT

Guys, I'm looking for a DVD/Blu-Ray player with following configurations...
1. 5.1 Channel Surround Sound.
2. USB and HDMI/DVI Port.
3. Optical Audio Input.

I already have a LG Home Theater but the DVD player sucks and want to replace it as it doesn't even play MKV or MP4 videos.
Now, I own a Samsung SmartTV and its only Audio output is in Optical format, which disables me from enjoying my TV experience in 5.1.


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More information...
by Audioenggirl / July 15, 2013 11:44 PM PDT

Do you already have a 5.1 surround sound system? If so what are the pieces you have installed? Do you have a Receiver or are you looking to have the DVD player be the Surround sound system processor as well?
If you have a receiver already and are just looking to have an optical out to the receiver and a HDMI out to the TV I suggest the Integra 30.3 as it has all the outputs you may need. It also has one of the best Video processors on the market.

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Not possible.
by AB96 / July 16, 2013 8:48 AM PDT
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Integra 30.3 isn't available in India. Can you recommend an alternative? If not, is there any e-commerce sites which has it and will ship it to India?

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Do you have a cable or satellite box too?
by Pepe7 / July 16, 2013 1:33 AM PDT


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by AB96 / July 16, 2013 8:49 AM PDT

I have a HD STB.

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OK. In that case, you are doing it wrong
by Pepe7 / July 16, 2013 2:55 PM PDT
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You ideally should not be sending audio output from the HDTV back to any audio system, with perhaps the exception of something you are streaming from one of the built in HDTV apps. Discounting that for now though, if you have an HD STB, then you should be connecting that to the receiver via an HDMI cable, or, HDMI to the Samsung, and either digital optical or digital coaxial to whatever AV receiver (or all-in-one Receiver/DVD/Blu Ray player unit) you choose.

My personal preference would be to buy separates. In other words, AV receiver & 5.1 speakers/sub. While the Integra model recommended is nice, it may be overkill for your needs. Although places like Amazon do ship to Asia, I would first look online in India to see who you can buy from locally and post back here some of the models you see there so we can recommend something specific from what you have in stock there. Pioneer, Onkyo, Denon, Sony, Marantz would all suffice (among other AV receiver brands). If you really need to be able to play back MKV files though, look into a media streamer such as a WDTV live, or use a laptop/PC where you can guarantee/choose software that can effectively handle the playback duties, and send it along to your AV receiver/system. Generally speaking, the all-in-one HT systems (like what you have now) aren't so adept at playing back a huge variety of file types. YMMV.

If you have questions feel free to ask- for clarifications too.

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