A First for me . . .

CJSF

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Last night I watched a DVD on the computer, sound streamed via the hifi. A first as the computer replaces the old one that did not have DVD facility.

The film was 'Top Gun' which I know well, having seen it often on my old dedicated DVD player and at lots of demos.

My hifi is a standard 2 channel audiophile set up, the 24" monitor is on the desk between the speakers, so nothing spectacular on visual . . . however, audio was out of this world. The computer was set to 'Theatre mode'. I can only say that the sound was all enveloping, powerful, with a sound stage that dissolved the boundary walls of the room in all directions!

Set me thinking as I laid in bed, I have never played a CD on the computer? . . . That was my mission this morning. Up, wash, cornflakes and a cuppa, set to; . . . disappointing . . . I'm fortunate to have, Computer, CDp and Vinyl reply through an audiophile quality system.

. . . :? so why, I tried all options, CD via the computer, Spotify, CD via the Rega Apollo CDp and vinyl all through the same amp and speakers.

Sadly CD via computer was flat, Computer/Spotify was much better, the Apollo played the CD very nicely, with the vinyl giving the best rendition from Jennifer Warnes with depth and a tangible organic performance.

I find this strange, especially as the DVD film audio (theatre mode) was very exciting . . . all special effects of course.

Its been a long time since I heard any form of multichannel system, but my 2 channels seem to do a fair job of putting me on an aircraft carrier and being involved in an F14-Mig 28 dog fight . . . ?

I will be trying a few other DVDs see how they come over . . . ?

DVD aint hifi . . . but it sure is fun :bounce:

CJSF
 
Not quite the same, but I occasionally play cds on the DVD player. Sounds pretty good but doesn't offer the all-round talent of the Arcam CDP. Everyone some tend to snear at cds being played on a budget DVD recorder, but isn't really all that bad.
 

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Top Gun + HI Fi = huge grin, one of my faveourite films only because of the stunning aerial photography. Slightly OT, but I have got my Sont blu ray player conncted to the dacmagic via an optical cable, and all I get is silence...I think it is because the defailt audio output of the Sony is 5.1 and of course the DAC can only decode 2.0. Damned if i can find the way to change the output!
 

CJSF

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SteveR750 said:
Top Gun + HI Fi = huge grin, one of my faveourite films only because of the stunning aerial photography. Slightly OT, but I have got my Sont blu ray player conncted to the dacmagic via an optical cable, and all I get is silence...I think it is because the defailt audio output of the Sony is 5.1 and of course the DAC can only decode 2.0. Damned if i can find the way to change the output!

Yep, aerial photography, superb special effects that are so good through the hifi and maybe Kelly McGillis . . . ? I have had a love of aircraft for 60 years. One has a preference for 2 wings and an egg whisk on the front, but 'wing and a tail' generally gets my attention. Tonight we will have another go, maybe 'Perfect Storm' . . . ? Boats and fishing another passion . . . depends on how the snooker pans out?

:)

:rockout:

CJSF
 

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SteveR750 said:
Top Gun + HI Fi = huge grin, one of my faveourite films only because of the stunning aerial photography. Slightly OT, but I have got my Sont blu ray player conncted to the dacmagic via an optical cable, and all I get is silence...I think it is because the defailt audio output of the Sony is 5.1 and of course the DAC can only decode 2.0. Damned if i can find the way to change the output!

Which player?
 

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Whichever, it should be in Setup/Audio/Downmix settings. Can't quite work out whether you have to set it for each of DD/DTS, but that would appear to be the place to start. P21 of the manual :)
 

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John Duncan said:
SteveR750 said:
Top Gun + HI Fi = huge grin, one of my faveourite films only because of the stunning aerial photography. Slightly OT, but I have got my Sont blu ray player conncted to the dacmagic via an optical cable, and all I get is silence...I think it is because the defailt audio output of the Sony is 5.1 and of course the DAC can only decode 2.0. Damned if i can find the way to change the output!

Which player?

It's the sony bdp330 or 370?

£99 on offer from amazon a year or so ago, the one the WHF recommended. I'm not at home right now, so cannot check, but I thought I had fixed it once. The problem is I can't find the audio settings menu!
 

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The 370. Mine is in a mate's house just now so I can't say definitively, but from memory I think you press 'Home' to get the crossbar menu, and the settings menu is right over on the left, and then you scroll down to Audio.

If you also have a Sony TV, make sure 'HDMI Control' is turned off, otherwise you can end up with the TV menu instead, if I recall :)
 

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The 370. Mine is in a mate's house just now so I can't say definitively, but from memory I think you press 'Home' to get the crossbar menu, and the settings menu is right over on the left, and then you scroll down to Audio.

:)

Correct, then choose between Coaxial/Optical, HDMI Or Stereo Analogue ........for Audio Output Priority.
 

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CJSF said:
. . . Tonight we will have another go, maybe 'Perfect Storm' . . . ? Boats and fishing another passion . . . depends on how the snooker pans out?

:)

:rockout:

CJSF

. . . 'Perfect Storm', none of the special sound effects of Top Gun . . . but a great movie, the hifi really adds to the experience and atmosphere, Hazel sat there, her comment . . . "its like being in the cinema" . . . back row, lights off . . . :)

CJSF
 

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moon said:
John Duncan said:
The 370. Mine is in a mate's house just now so I can't say definitively, but from memory I think you press 'Home' to get the crossbar menu, and the settings menu is right over on the left, and then you scroll down to Audio.

:)

Correct, then choose between Coaxial/Optical, HDMI Or Stereo Analogue ........for Audio Output Priority.

Thanks, I owe you two many beers. The trick is to adjust te settings before you start watching a film, not ten minutes into it....
 

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