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AC3/Dolby Digital Any technical difference?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by andy76, Nov 20, 2003.

  1. andy76

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    Are there any technical differences between the two in terms of decoding?
    Should a modern Dolby Digital amp decode AC3 laserdiscs OK?

    Thanks
    Andrew
     
  2. FlimsyFeet

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    No difference, they are the same thing - AC3 is the name of the compression algorithm used for Dolby Digital soundtracks.
     
  3. vonhosen

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    AC3 is just Dolby's 3rd generation audio compression (hence AC3).
     
  4. Dutch

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    Andy,

    Please be aware that you need a Laserdisc specific AC-3 input on your amp as the signal has to be de-modulated - you can't use a normal coax input used for DVD/CD. Not many amps have these inputs unfortunately. Hope this helps.

    Steve
     
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    The Yamaha A3090 has that input.. I might be selling it soon, if you were interested? It can also decode mainstream DVDs as you would expect.
     

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