Won't play Dolby 5.1 sound from HD-DVDs, only standard DVDs
Hi. I've got a A-30 hooked up to a Sony Ht-CT100 system via HDMI. The player had the original 1.0 firmware, but the problem I describe below has persisted even after updating the firmware to 3.0. HD-DVDs produce no sound whatsoever, even though when the disk starts playing, the LCD display on the Sony briefly reads "Dolby 5.1". But when I insert a standard-def DVD, the same "Dolby 5.1" notice pops up on the Sony, and the sound plays perfectly.
The only way I can get sound with HD-DVDs is to change the Audio setting on the Toshiba from "Auto HDMI" to "Downmixed PCM." (The other audio choice---labelled just "PCM"---also fails to produce any sound with HD-DVDs). I'm not happy with this as a long term solution, since it does seem to downgrade the positional quality to the sound effects.
Seems to me that Dolby 5.1 encoding should be the same with HD-DVDs and standard def DVDs. Not sure whether the problem is with Toshiba or Sony on this one. Any ideas? Thanks in advance---
Re: Won't play Dolby 5.1 sound from HD-DVDs, only...
I tried that and it does work. However I hate having to run two cables (HDMI for the picture, optical out for the sound) to solve this problem---completely defeats the logic of having HDMI in the first place. Stupid.
Another drawback I'm seeing---with the optical out, I cannot get a great deal of volume out of the system, even on Max, when watching DVDs. TV audio can be made much louder. Irritating because I like to work out on various exercise machines when watching DVDs, and the equipment noise makes having a farily high volume desireable. Clearly something is being lost in the transfer.
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selectable 720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input) selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output) optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS /PCM
1 set of audio/video outputs (composite, S-video, 480i/480p component video, and HDMI)
plays DVD-Video discs, DVD-Rs & DVD-RWs, and DVD+Rs & DVD+RWs
According to the Vizio website, your VBR231 CAN play DVDs the same way a lot of Blu-Ray players can. The site blurb suggests the VBR231 is backwards compatible - which means your player should be able to play DVDs as well as Blu-Ray. Generally, most Blu-ray players can play DVDs if they are backwards compatible with them.
I do know Blu-Ray discs will NOT work in most standalone DVD decks.
MODEL NUMBER: VBR231
*Model Features: * Full HD 1080p Video Playback * Integrated Dual Band Wi-Fi - 802.11n * 7.1 Digital Audio Output * Backwards Compatible (see below)
*Compatibility: * Plays Blu-ray and DVDs, Audio CDs, MP3s and Jpegs * Multi-Channel 7.1 Audio Output via HDMI * Playback and Enjoy Media via back USB Input (JPEGs and MP3s)
*Outputs: * HDMI 1.3 * Component Video (YCrCB) * Composite Video * Stereo Audio * Coaxial Audio * Optical Digital Audio
Tries unplug,replug it back like an hour later.Letting the DVD player resetting itself back to the factory setting.Tries it than,see if it work than.Not,than tries hook it up with the RCA component cable Y,R,W.If still have the same problems,the PCB in the DVD player is bad.Not worth repairing.Trash it.DVD players are very cheap these days.U can get a brand new one like for $40 dollars.
are standard definition video sources. Number of lines output is 576
lines, whereas your HD TV set has 720 or 1080 lines. This difference
may result in a poorer image. However some DVD players are able to
“upscale” picture to obtain a very good picture. Check if your DVD
player has the following connectors: YUV, DVI or HDMI. For more
information, refer to the instruction manual of your DVD player.
Some HDMI or DVI featured
DVD players also have an internal processor that can upscale pictures
from a DVD to 720 or 1080 lines to provide an excellent picture from a
standard definition disc to your HD TV set. Those settings are
available from the setup menu of your DVD player. Please refer to the
instruction manual of your DVD player.
your DVD player does not have those connectors and only has a SCART
connector, or S-VIDEO, or composite, there is not much to do to improve
the picture quality. Just make sure that you are not using the cheapest
cables and that the picture settings of your TV set are correctly
Some high end TV
sets have a picture improvement engine that can soften a noisy image.
Make sure that it is activated from the setup menu of your TV set.
Please refer to the instruction manual of your TV set.
If people and objects have weird white outlines around them. This may
suggest that your TV sharpness is set too high. Make the correct
sharpness adjustments from the setup menu of your TV set.
Make sure you use good quality cables and that your cables are not too long (less than 5 meters long).