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Lossless Audio on Blu Ray Disk

by Louis39 / March 14, 2008 7:34 AM PDT

Picked up a couple of Blu Ray disks now that I have the player and 1080P television. I noticed that on the back of Kingdom of Heaven that the only audio indicated is "Lossless 5.1". My amp/receiver does not have a HDMI input. I have my Blu Ray player connected to the amp/receiver by coaxial cable. Will I still get 5.1 surround even though my receiver does not have HDMI connections? Thanks.

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PCM 1.5
by Louis39 / March 14, 2008 10:59 AM PDT

On the Blu Ray version of Black Hawk Down there is an audio option called PCM 5.1. Under audio options in my Blu Ray player (Panasonic BD-30), I have set everything to Bitstream but you can also set it to PCM. However when set to PCM, the display on my receiver does not indicate that the rear speakers are active but there is sound coming out of them. I assume that for Lossless and PCM sound I need to purchase a new amp/receiver?

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you need a new receiver
by jostenmeat / March 14, 2008 12:46 PM PDT
In reply to: PCM 1.5

to get MA or True HD. givemeaname could be right about MCAs doing the trick for PCM. I wouldnt know. I remember with the BD-30 that there were four things to be chosen as either PCM or bitstream. Sorry I cant remember details. Im all bitstream since I have a new receiver.

Your coax connection should be able to get from Kingdom of Heaven the Core stream of Master Audio, which actually comprises of two streams. That means you get a max bitrate that is double of the old DTS, which is already higher than DD. Should sound pretty nice. BTW, Fox = DTS MA.

If you are thinking of blowing a lot of money, Id consider your speaker/sub situation first. Only when those of are good quality should you bother to change.

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you're fine honestly
by obobskivich / March 15, 2008 4:16 PM PDT
In reply to: PCM 1.5

lossless just means there isn't a lossy compression algorithm used, Blu-ray and HD-DVD specify MLP-Lossless from Meridian, which just means the audio isn't insanely compressed (such as WMA audio or low quality MP3s)

if the sound flows, you should be in good shape, how are you connected Blu-ray player -> reciever (and what reciever do you have)?

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by givemeaname / March 14, 2008 12:01 PM PDT

You don't need HDMI to get PCM. If your reciever has 5.1 analogs in the back you can do it that way & you change your BD player to PCM out.

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