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***HELP*** 7.1 Multi-Channel question

Old 11-15-05, 03:30 PM
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***HELP*** 7.1 Multi-Channel question

I just bought a new Yamaha AV reciever that supports 7.1 via multi-channel input. I have a Sony DVD/CD player that does not have 7.1 multi-channel outputs, but it does have an optical output.

Can I connect the RCA audio L/R from my DVD/CD player to the L/R CD input on my receiver for playing CDs, and connect the optical out from my DVD player to the DVD optical input on my receiver to decode the optical signal to 7.1 surround sound as well as good video? (Yes, I have the speakers to support 7.1, 2 fronts, 1 front center, 2 surrounds, 2 rears, and a subwoofer)

I'm not a Tech Junkie, so please keep it somewhat simple.

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Old 11-15-05, 03:41 PM
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What is the model of your receiver? If it supports 7.1 via analog inputs, I would guess that it also has a 7.1 processor built-in, which would mean you just connect the optical output.
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Old 11-15-05, 03:43 PM
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Yamaha 770W 7.1-Ch. XM Satellite Radio-Ready Digital Home Theater Receiver

Model: HTR-5860BL

Yes, the 7.1 Multi-Channel inputs are analog (RCA type).
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Old 11-15-05, 03:47 PM
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Your receiver will decode 7.1 The analog inputs are for future 7.1 formats not yet developed (7.1 SACD or something like that).

For 7.1 surround sound, just connect your DVD player using the optical cable. You can connect the analog L/R for CDs too. Although you may like playing CDs through the optical cable better.
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Old 11-15-05, 03:57 PM
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Well, at least I know I'll be prepared for the onslaught when it comes.

Thanks for your help!!!
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Old 11-15-05, 04:07 PM
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you are very welcome. Enjoy the new receiver!
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Old 11-16-05, 07:26 AM
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Yeah, you only use the analog inputs for DVD-Audio/SACD for now, as far as I know. And they are only 5.1 at this time. They sound awesome though!
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Old 11-16-05, 09:45 PM
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Related Question...I think

I just upgraded from a DTS/5.1 receiver to a DTS/7.1 receiver. My DVD player can handle DTS and is connected with a digital coax.

In general, if a DVD player can handle DTS, can it also handle DTS ES, 7.1, etc...?

I'm thinking of getting the additional 2 speakers, but I'd like to know if I also need to upgrade my DVD player.

If it matters, my DVD player is a Toshiba SD-4900.
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Old 11-17-05, 12:12 AM
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Yes it can, it just sends the digital signal out. The number of channels in the signal is irrelevant.
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