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Digital = optical digital ?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by bongpig, Dec 12, 2003.

  1. bongpig

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    Hi all,
    Im planning to get hold of a JVC THA35 home cinema system specifically to use with games consoles. Im looking forward to surround sound gaming.

    The x-box ( for example ) has a special cable with an optical digital connector for 5.1 surround sound.
    The JVC has a digital input.

    Would these be compatable or are optical digital, and digital not the same thing.

    thanks for any help

    mike
     
  2. hornydragon

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    Optical is TOSlink and digital is SPDIF but converters between the 2 are cheap enough!
     
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    ahhh, ok. I figured that was the case.
    Does anything get lost with a converter, regards quality?

    Alos, anybody got a link where I can find one of these converters in the UK?

    thanks again for you help
     
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    Maplin and lektropacks do em, dont really lose anything. I would be suprised if the JVC had coax and no optical though!
     
  5. bongpig

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    Well, its come down to either the JVC THA35 or the pioneer DCS303 for me.

    From what ive gathered, the pioneer has optical, but the JVC doesnt.

    Are there any JVC & Poineer owners out there who can confirm once and for all whether these two systems have an optical digital audio input?

    Also, to steer 'slightly' off topic, does anybody know of any sub £300 dvd home cinema systems, where the dvd player is progressive scan?

    again, i dont know whether the JVC or Pioneer dvd players have PS or not.

    thanks again
    ( these forums are very helpfull )
     
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    In fact, while im asking, can any Panasonic SCHT500 owners confirm whether this model has optical digital audio inputs?

    thanks
     
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    NO the panny doesn't have digital input
     
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    thanks jaymac... thats another one to tick off the list.
    ... but now the list is even longer! It seems just as ive decided, i get recommended another system.

    I have now added the PannySCDT310 & the sony DAV-SC5 to the JVC and pioneer mentioned earlier.

    Now im really confused!!
    Any users of any of these 4 systems:-

    JVC THA35
    Pioneer DCS 303
    Panny SCDT310
    Sony DAV SC5

    ... can you fill me in on the full connectability ( audio and video / in and out ) of them?

    cheers
     
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    <Looks across to 303>

    Digital optical-in, one of

    Others, lots of

    Er, hang on.

    Tum tee tum...

    Right.

    There's two pairs of phono-in sockets, one pair for phono-out and... a headphone socket on the front :smashin: :laugh:

    For 'video-out', there's one s-video port :clap: and one composite connection :eek:

    I think that's the lot, but please don't make me look back there again!
     
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    In reply to the slightly off topic part - yeah the philips lx8200 home cinema system has progressive scan (dcdi by Faroudja) and can be had from dixons - instore for just over £200 and in currys too - yes it's true. The model I believe is now end of line. Not the prettiest looking thing but well spec'ed.

    See:
    http://www.p4c.philips.com/mprdata/030808/0308080393_mif.pdf
     
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    andy527... thanks for your efforts. Very helpfull.

    Ellingtj. Thats interesting. As you say ... butt ugly, but interesting never the less. Thanks for pointing that out. Im gonna investigate.

    cheers
     
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    just a quick note - I'm not a hundred percent sure on this but I think the lx8000 is the same as the lx8200(which I think is the continent version) It's strange that the press releases say that the 8000/8200 should cost more than the 5800 that I bought but usually sell for much less.
     

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