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Does not play multichannel audio (5.1) input through optical digital audio

I have an upscale DVD player, so that I can use the HDMI connection to display upscaled 1080p video from my DVDs to output video to my HDTV. I thought that using the player's digital output to connect it to the Panasonic SC-HT920 digital input would let me have the whole experience of HD video (on the TV) and 5.1 channel audio (through the Pana system), but I was wrong. When I select the 5.1 audio in the DVD an error mesage apear in the front panel of the home theater. If I downgrade the digital output to PCM (instead of bitstream) on the upscale DVD player, everything starts working and I can hear sound, but only stereo (2ch) this time.
Therefore it gave me the hint that it had something to do with the digital audio decoder in the home theater system.
Amazingly, I am able to decode with the SC-HT920 multichannel audio (5.1) that comes from the cable box and see movies that, for example, play on HBO with 5.1 audio.
I have tried every single combination of digital audio settings in the upscale DVD and in the home theater system and nothing made the multichannel audio from the upscale DVD player to be reproduced by the home theater system.
Now I am thinking that there may be some additional layer of protection in the upscale player digital output that prevents the audio being decoded in the SC-HT920.
I am convinced that it should be an internal software issue in the home theater system, that either cannot decode the digital signal that is being input to the unit or prevents the decoding due to some additional layer of protection that is output by the upscale DVD player digital audio output.
If anyone can help me with the solution (or work around) of this problem I will be very thankful

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Hi try this.

in the dvd player make sure you just leave it default (bitstream) but in the home theater receiver don't select 5.1 b/c that will only give you a virtual 5.1 not a true 5.1. In fact don't select any sound field at all just select dolby digital or dts depending on the source of the movie then you should be ok.

The only other problem i can see is that hdmi sends both the sound and picture to the tv. You will need to see if there's a function on the dvd player to only send the picture via hdmi and the sound via the optical out of the dvd player.

good luck

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Posted on Jan 07, 2008

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