Dolby Digital Plus on SkyHD

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  1. Howard Pitfield

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    Just perusing the Sky HD website and looked at the FAQs. It mentions that the service will support Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus.

    Had a look at http://www.dolby.com/consumer/technology/dolby_digital_plus.html

    and see that is supports 7.1 sound - just as well I'm upgrading my "old" 5.1 amp to a new 7.1 one then!

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    Does your amp do DD+ then? Not many 7.1 amps do.
     
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    There are no amps yet with dolby digital + as far as im aware it must be for future use.
     
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    Lexicon have a board announced, don't know if it's actually ready though. But that's hardly relevant to most people, as the amp is simply ludicrously expensive. The slot in board system does make upgrades possible.
     
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    Well it will have 7.1 when it arrives tomorrow though - so getting there....mind you if I add 2 more speakers I will need to ditch the sofa and chairs and sit on orange boxes for pure sound....

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    Actually the sofa and chairs will sound better. Absorption is good. Flexible-walled cavities that are likely to resonate are bad. :)
     
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    Can you really conceive that Sky (based on what we have seen in the past) will bother to broadcast in DD+ (7.1). I think not!

    We need to look at HD-DVD & Blu-Ray for DD+ and any other enhanced audio formats for HD. I also think that most HD DVD players will offer on board decoding of these formats, with 5.1 or 7.1 analogue outputs. As long as you current amp has an external input there may be no need to upgrade it.
     
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    they might....
     
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    The SKY HD box will not be able to pass native DD+ to an AV amp (that would require HDMI 1.3 which is not due to finalised until mid 2006) - not to mention that you are unlikely to see any AV Amps/processors on the UK market which will accept native Dolby Digital Plus until Q1 2007 at the earliest.

    As far as first generation Blu-Ray players are concerned... if your AV supports HDMI 1.2 then the Blu-Ray can be set to transcode the DD+ to 8 channels of 96KHz/24-bit PCM.
     

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