Simple Blu-ray audio question

Hoba1155

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I have what I think is a very simple question but one which hours of googling has failed to turn up an answer.

If I want to listen to a Blu-ray audio disc on my Blu-ray player connected to my amplifier/speakers (through a digital to analog converter) it would also need to go through the TV wouldn't it? In order to visually access the Blu-ray menu (to press 'play' etc)?

You can't just press play on the remote control without using a TV screen essentially?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks. I'm new to Blu-ray audio as you might have guessed.
 

Samd

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I don't know what kit you have but I use my BD Player as a CD player regularly and all you need to do is connect the BD player to your amp (turn on to the appropriate output) and use the BD player remote (press play). No TV involved.
 
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Hoba1155

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Thanks for the reply. That's what I thought originally. Although I played a CD on the Blu-ray player through the amp (connected through a digital to analog converter) and it plays fine. I have a Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray player and a Marantz Pm5004 amplifier.

I'm more confused now as I had convinced myself that it needed to go through a TV!

Anybody else have an idea?
 
Thanks for the reply. That's what I thought originally. Although I played a CD on the Blu-ray player through the amp (connected through a digital to analog converter) and it plays fine. I have a Samsung BD-F5100 Blu-ray player and a Marantz Pm5004 amplifier.

I'm more confused now as I had convinced myself that it needed to go through a TV!

Anybody else have an idea?
Not too sure why you need to go via the DAC as your bluray player has done the conversation
 
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Blu-ray player's onboard DAC might not be fantastic - I can imagine that taking a digital output and using even a basic outboard DAC could yield some improvements.

There's no particular need to connect the Blu-ray player to a TV, unless you need to get to something specific. For playing a CD, where you only really need play/pause, next/previous, I don't think you'll need a screen.

Chris
 

Hoba1155

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Hmm, thanks, I guess I'm doing something really simple wrong. Have just played a CD again and it plays fine. But with a Blu-ray disc, it's playing cuz you can hear it whirring but there's no sound.
 

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Hmm, thanks, I guess I'm doing something really simple wrong. Have just played a CD again and it plays fine. But with a Blu-ray disc, it's playing cuz you can hear it whirring but there's no sound.
Maybe the external DAC doesn't recognise the output file format. Try plugging the BD player direct into the amp if you can.
 

Hoba1155

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Thanks for the replies I've given up for the moment and just connected the Blu-ray player through a TV into a different pair of speakers.
 
Blu-ray player's onboard DAC might not be fantastic - I can imagine that taking a digital output and using even a basic outboard DAC could yield some improvements.

There's no particular need to connect the Blu-ray player to a TV, unless you need to get to something specific. For playing a CD, where you only really need play/pause, next/previous, I don't think you'll need a screen.

Chris
It might not be fantastic but it's the only thing he has got that will decode bluray audio, you might be correct but does not sound like he has it connected digitally, perhaps I am wrong.
 

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