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music better through HDMI?

Discussion in 'HD DVD discussion' started by korso55, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. korso55

    korso55 Regular member

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    Hey i was wondering since the HD DVD player can produce just as good sound as anything else out there...should i just use my HD DVD player and receiver to listen to music???
     
  2. eatsushi

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    If you'll be listening to CD's then there's no advantage to the HDMI connection. Besides, several users have reported CD playback issues with HD-DVD players over at avsforums.com. They've reported CD skipping problems and other issues.

    One instance when music will sound better on the HD-DVD player is when your watching a concert on HD-DVD with a Dolby True HD soundtrack (like the Nine Inch Nails disc).

    My Toshiba XA2 doesn't support DVD-Audio or SACD playback so that's a no-go.
     
  3. jeray

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    not to jump off subject but i am thinking of upgrading my receiver.is there a big difference with the dolby true hd?
     
  4. diabolos

    diabolos Guest

    Yes. As eatsushi pointed out there won't be a huge difference between HDMI and S/PDIF (Digital Coax or Optical/Toslink). I have had skipping issues with the A20 over HDMI but I think the ltest firmware should fix that. I use the HD DVD players for sound because they have a 32-bit SHARK audio processor that eats all other audio processors on my store shelf for breakfast.

    Absolutely. There is a night and day difference between Dolby TrueHD and any lossy format out there (i.e. Dolby Digital, DTS, ect...) It is the bit-for-bit identical copy of the original studio master for crying out loud. It can only be experienced via HDMI (any version) or via Analog-Multi channel outs.

    Check-out this review of Batman Begins (read the paragraph "The Audio: Rating The Sound") ...
    http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/batmanbegins.html

    The NIN concert HD DVD eatsushi was talking about...
    http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/nineinchnailslivebesideyouintime.html

    Ced
     
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  5. limelight

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    Since my tv only has DVI (DVI is HDMI without sound), I used a optical cable from my reciever to my stereo, and while there was a slight (and i mean slight) difference (meaning just a tad bit less hissing), overall it wasnt really worth the $10 for the cable.
     
  6. chaopiao

    chaopiao Guest

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  7. diabolos

    diabolos Guest

    Well your experience will depend on what type of cables you use (for the analog playback) and the equipment (DAC performance with-in the source vs DAC performance in the receiver).

    Generally, passing the digital data to a good processor (or receiver) is a better choice as they are usually the higher grade components in any "big box retailer" bought audio system.

    Ced
     
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