You have a bunch of options that'll get you 5.1 sound. All of them mean spending a bit of money.
- Since your receiver has a 5.1 output, you can get an external decoder (the least expensive of which are made by Technics); the signal path would be: dvd player-->decoder-->receiver
- You also could buy a different dvd player that'd have onboard 5.1 decoding; unless you get one that decodes DTS (which is rare), you'd only have Dolby Digital
- You can buy a new receiver that decodes Dolby Digital (or both DD and DTS)
Getting a new receiver (or an external processor with multiple inputs) will give you the most flexibility in the future. You'd be able to add other things (like a satellite dish) that output a 5.1 signal at the same time.
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[This message has been edited by stevevt (edited January 06, 2001).]