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7.1 analog question

by nuttz565 / August 21, 2007 2:39 AM PDT

I just recently purchased a onkyo reciever and a oppo(980h) dvd player. I plan on using the 7.1 analog audio to connect to my reciever. My question is can I just use regular rca cables( the red and white ones) to connect it or is there a special 7.1 cables I need......Thanks

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No such thing as special 7.1 cables. But, rather than use
by NM_Bill / August 21, 2007 4:09 PM PDT
In reply to: 7.1 analog question

red & white RCA cables, use three wire component cables instead. A better connection. In fact, it is not the speakers that determine digital versus analog, but they are what receive the powered audio signals from the receiver as power source, whether digital or analog.

However, I think the crux of the question is how connect the Oppo disk player & the Onkyo receiver. Note that both the new Onkyo & Oppo can use HDMI (?), so why not buy a cheap HDMI cable from a source such as & use it for "potentially" higher grade connection?

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no audio passthrough
by nuttz565 / August 22, 2007 5:39 AM PDT

The reason I need to use 7.1 analog is my Onkyo reciever's hdmi are video through only it does not transmit audio,. So I guess my question is since my Oppo 980h does have 7.1 analog audio outs and my Onkyo(HT-R550) does have 7.1 analog inputs should I connect it that way or just connect it with optical for sound?

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The optical or digital coax
by jostenmeat / August 22, 2007 8:32 AM PDT
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will work just fine. For poops and giggles you could try the analogs too, just to see which might sound better... actually, better stick with digital, that way you are sure to be able to "matrix" the rears when wanted. Coax is usually cheaper, so you can try that. At Monoprice its just a handful of dollars. Few days to ship.

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another thing i forgot to mention
by jostenmeat / August 23, 2007 7:33 AM PDT

when using multi analogs, bass management must occur in the player. Some players, depending on audio format, might have a fixed x-over at 100hz for instance. Depends on player on how tricky setup might be. Another reason to stick with the digital connection.

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