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I just picked up a Panasonic player DMP-BD85 as an open box item, the player seems to be working fine but I can't seem to get my AV receiver to decode Dolby Digital EX thru the fiber optic cable. The receiver is a Pioneer VSX-D812K with 6.1-channel Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES Discrete surround sound decoding, which worked flawlessly with the previous DVD player optical connection.

The receiver with only show PrologicII, I've tried changing audio settings in player menu but nothing seems to correct this. So I'm thinking my AV receiver can't decode what the player is putting out thru the optical. I know the player has analog 7.1 outputs but I really don't want to run all those cables with my current setup.

I'm wondering if there are other Blu-ray players available that would work better with my av receiver & what to look for when selecting one.
 

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You've probably missed a setting in the BD player - they can be quite complex since there are often many audio options in the setup menu. You need to ensure:

1. That the audio output is set to send audio out the optical output.
2. That the option for that output is "bitstream" or "raw" and not PCM.
3. That you choose the appropriate audio option on the DVD/BD itself at the audio "title" menu, or by pressing the audio button repeatedly on the player remote to cycle through the various audio tracks..

5.1 FAQ: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=17870

Useful Post: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=57741
 

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It must have been the dvd I was playing in combination with messing with menu settings, as I put in Star Wars III and now have DD EX showing in my receiver.

Thanx for you quick response 57!
 
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