Sony 6.1 amp - should I upgrade

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  1. markollyh

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    I currently have a Sony STR-DB1080 6.1 amp which I have been using in 5.1 mode and have been happy with it for 8 years.

    I have a couple of questions as follows:

    1. Is it worth upgrading to a new 7.1 HD amp? (not sure I have room for even more speakers)

    2. I have ordered a BD-P2500 bluray with built in 7.1 decoder can this be set to output HD sound in 5.1 with any benefits?

    I'm a bit of a numpty when it comes to HD sound so sorry if this is a daft question.
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
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    Hi.....first thing to say is that a good number of AV receivers which can decode HD audio are not actually capable of a signal to noise ratio capable of fully resolving HD,i.e. a S/n ratio of greater than or equal to 120dB.

    Secondly,you would need to listen to a number of current models to decide whether any sonic improvements or differences were worth the cost of buying a new receiver/amp.
     
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    I went from 5.1 to 7.1 and probably shouldn't have bothered. You need a big room for 7.1 to make sense and there sre currently few films on bluray with 7.1 soundtracks.
    If you do find a 7.1 soundtrack your 5.1 player/amp set will just downmix the 7.1 back to 5.1.
    Assuming that your chosen bd player can send the decoded hd audio via multichannel analogues then you should have no problems.
    You can then connect the player directly to the tv with HDMI for video.
     
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    Have got analogue cables so will try once my bd-p2500 bluray turns up.

    Many thanks
     
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    Hello mate sorry to resurect this, I've got the same sony Amp as you and have just purchased the BD-P2500 and have them connected with 6 RCA analogue cables but I'm not getting any sound out of my surround speakers whilst watching blu-ray.

    I'm new to HD sound and video and any suggestions would be much appreciated.

    Cheers
     
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    Hi,

    I presume that you've selected the 5/6.1 input on the amp and that you've set the blu-ray player to output an analog 5/6.1 signal.

    Brian
     
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    I ended up sticking with audio through the optical connection
     

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