What Blu Ray to buy for ONKYO TX-NR801 for Dolby TrueHD, etc???
I own the Onkyo TX-NR801. I want to buy a Sony or Panasonic blu-ray player which will match up connection-wise so I can get the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD signals to my Onkyo speakers. Since the 801 doesn't have the HDMI-in connection, I am thinking I can hook the new blu-ray HDMI out directly into my one HDMI input on my TV for the 1080p picture. Then if I get the Panasonic DMP-BD55K which HAS the 7.1 analog outs for the receiver, does the 801 accept those connections and will it process the TrueHD soundtracks, etc??? Or, will I only be able to get the Dolby Digital, DTS, type sound??? I have read that the Toslink connection doesn't support the TrueHD, DTS-HD sound format. Or, easier, tell me WHAT I NEED to buy in a blu-ray player where my Onkyo 801 will work for the HD sound...I love my receiver and would hate to sell it for upgrade, etc. Anyhow, this is CONFUSING stuff! :O) Mark in Kentucky
Re: What Blu Ray to buy for ONKYO TX-NR801 for Dolby...
Hi, as the Onkyo receiver you have does not have HDMI switching, the only thing it will do for you with a Blu-Ray player is process the audio signals. The video from the BR player will have to go directly to an HDMI input of your hi def TV. In this case, either Sony or Panasonic BR player will be equal. Assuming you keep the Onkyo unit you have, you would want to use the optical digital output from the BR player as the audio source into one of the optical, digital audio inputs on the Onkyo. In an ideal world, your receiver would some that does do HDMI switching. This way, all the audio and video signals from any audio or video source would be automatically switched and channeled through 1 simple HDMI cable into your hi def TV. This will make you life simpler as ther would be no need to select an appropriate input on the TV, as well as one on the receiver. That said, buying a new receiver in addition to a BR player is more costly. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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I got an Onkyo RC-717M remote control. It is the remote that comes with the Onkyo TX-SR706 receiver. It is a learning remote. When i entered the cde for the Samsung Blu-Ray it did the same thing as the other remotes I got from Onkyo, the pause, next / previous track buttons wouldn't work for the Samsung BD-P3600. I used the learning function of the new remote and programmed it to work. It works ok now but it sure was a hassle to get it done. In fairness i should have called Onkyo support but their support hours don't match my schedule.
Get a THX video set up disk (some movies have them on) and read the Onkyo manual for video setup between source and target. I have the BD35 Blu ray and a Panasonc 37" plasma, the pic via the amp was a bit off before the 4 hours of tweaking but now looks fab, after the process tweaks the sound sync needed a bit of work to get it all synched up but it is really worth the effort.
DTS-HDMA and Dolby TrueHD cannot be passed to your receiver via bitstream on the PS3. DTS-HDMA cannot be decoded either so you're out of luck there.
Dolby TrueHD can be decoded internally on the PS3 assuming your firmware is up to date. Set the Blu-ray HDMI output to PCM and you can then pass it to your receiver.
If this doesnt work, do a system update on your PS3.
Are you playing a TrueHD format disc? Just like DTS 5.1 or any other format if your disc isnt coded in TRUEHD then your not going to get it. DTS or other formats cannot be "converted" to TrueHD like the video portion of a standard def disc. At this point there arent alot of TrueHD discs out but be paitent, this may change. Or not, due to the fact there are other "lossless" formats that may be more widely adopted. Sort of like DTS and THX were when DVD first came out. Hope this helps.