How Do I Play DD-HD and DTS-HD Soundtracks?


My blu-ray player, Pioneer Elite BDP-94HD, is connected to a Krell HTS-7.1 processor using an optical cable. Video is via HDMI directly to the projector. The Krell HTS-7.1 does not have an HDMI input, which I believe is the only way you can pass lossless DD-HD and DTS-HD from a blu-ray player to an AV processor? However, the blu-ray player does have the option of 5.1 analog output. If I use this option and connect the blu-ray player to the Krell 7.1 single-ended analog inputs, will I be able to listen to DD-HD and DTS-HD soundtracks? Are there any problems with doing this?

Krell describe the 7.1 single-ended analog inputs as "...pass-through inputs, with no mode processing capability". I assume this just means there is no room/speaker correction and only the volume control works when using this input?

Thanks for your help.

Regards,

Marcus
mgattmch
I believe that Blu-ray players that have multichannel analog outputs and that are capable of decoding the hi-rez codecs will output hi-rez analog signals. Bass management will likely have to be done in the player. Your player's manual should have a table that shows what is produced on the analog outputs. There should be no problems with the multichannel analog connection.
I assume this just means there is no room/speaker correction and only the volume control works when using this input?
Correct. You'll need to set distance (delay) and volume for each speaker through your Bluray players set-up menu.
I can confirm that it works. I have an OPPO BDP-83 (7.1 out) hooked up to my B&K Ref 50 S2 (5.1 in) using 5.1 analog, and I have set up the speaker settings in the player. I get DD-HD, DTS-HD, SACD and DVD-Audio this way. If your player has only 5.1 out, please connect the surround L-R connections from your player to the side Surr-L and Surr-R of the processor. Leave the two Surr-Back L-R connection out, assuming you have side surround speakers.