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Newbie help with Home Cinema features

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Buying & Building' started by jonesy889, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. jonesy889

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    Hi there

    I'm fairly new to home cinema, and I've got a couple of questions you might be able to help me out with (I hope).

    I'm considering the Panasonic SCHT520 all-in-one package, which I believe has one set of phono inputs. If I connect my TV into these inputs, will the live TV sound come out of all 5.1 speakers? (i.e. I don't just want all 5.1 speakers to work when I'm playing a DVD - I want them on all the time!)

    Secondly, I'm considering getting Sky shortly. Do Sky Movies transmit in Dolby Digital 5.1, or is it just on Sky+? If they do transmit in DD5.1, do Digiboxes have a digital optical/coax out for connection to a home cinema?

    Many thanks

    Andrew
     
  2. drbob

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    I believe that it depends on your digibox. All the sky+ boxes have the optical out, the majority of normal boxes don't. I remember reading that the sony digibox has an optical out but I think it's out of production now. Ask your local satellite dealer..
     
  3. jonesy889

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    Cheers. I read about the Sony Digiboxes somewhere too.

    Can anyone comment on the first question?

    Cheers

    Andrew
     
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    Yes, if you have your equipment connected by scart to your tv, you would then have a phono (RCA) lead connecting your tv to your amp. All your equipment has to be stereo to be processed into a surround sound. By connecting in this way you will get a surround sound from your speakers.

    Sky+ offers some movies in 5.1 sound via an optical input to the amp. Sony did have a digibox with an optical output but it was never enabled and is no longer made.
     

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