Amps that definitely do/definitely don't work with Sky+ optical out

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  1. Broadz

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    I've decided to bite the bullet and replace my perfectly good Kenwood AV receiver with something that doesn't suffer from the Norman Collier effect when listening to a DD5.1 encoded movie from my Sky+ box using the Sky optical out. I know the amps to suffer the most are Denons and Kenwoods, but I've heard of forum members with Sonys that have also suffered the same problem. Sky do not seem interested in finding a solution to this problem, so if I want to make the most of my movie subscription by being able to listen to the films in DD5.1, I'm going to have to replace my amp.

    If you have your AV receiver or amp connected to your Sky box using the digital optical out, and you have your Sky digital out set to DD rather than Normal, can you post your amp's make and model number, and whether it successfully decodes Sky's half-hearted attempt at Dolby Digital 5.1 or not?

    This problem only occurs on Sky's own DD encoding, Dolby Digital on Disney Cinemagic (and on BBC HD, National Geographic HD etc) seem to work fine on most amps. There is no need to post if you only have Sky connected to your amp using the red and white stereo cables, or you have your digital out set to Normal rather than DD, or your amp set to stereo or Pro-Logic rather than Dolby Digital, because my amp works fine in all these instances. It is only if you use an optical cable and have the output set to Dolby Digital that this is relevant.

    Hopefully this will give me some pointers as to what amps/receivers to go for, and which ones to avoid.

    To start the ball rolling:

    Kenwood KRF X9050D - does not decode Sky DD correctly.
     
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    Denon AVR 1906 - works with Sky+ DD optical out and now working perfectly fine with my SkyHD DD optical out.
     
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    Sony 3200ES
     
  4. richimlong

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    Arcam AVR350 works fine :thumbsup:
     
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    Yamaha RX-V4600 to Sky hd DD no probs.
     
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    Pace PVR3 Sky+ to Denon 3803

    tbh i find i often get a better decode from the Sky signal than i do some DVD discs :confused:
     
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    Optical from Sky HD to Yamaha RX-V2700 working well for me.
     
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    Funny, but I was going to say exactly the opposite! I find the quality of Dolby Digital sound on sky+ to be a very noticable step down from Dolby Digital on my DVD player (Arcam DV89). Mines an Amstrad sky+ box btw (I think - its certainly not pace).
     
  9. Scapegoat

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    Sky HD (Thomson) connected to Denon 2307 (HDMI and optical) connected to Sony KDL40W2000 (HDMI).

    Works fine.
     
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    Denon AVR-1907 I currently get *no* sound on the dolby digital channels over optical. The receiver recognises the signal as DD but shows it as having no input channels. I've contacted Denon but so far the only response has been to check the sky box is set to output dolby d... helpful..
     
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    denon 1905, denon 3805 work fine
     
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    Thomson Sky+ Box to Denon AVR-4306 working sweet

    :hiya:
     
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    Sky HD to Yamaha RXV-596RDS via optical working fine here.
     
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    its not really down to the player as the player just passes on a bitstream, it doesnt touch the audio unless you are decoding in the player and using 6 channel analogue connection.....

    it just seems to me that Sky on some films get a superior mix for the film to the DVD version, but not on others.....
     

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