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Five Ways To Get Audio From a Blu-ray Disc Player

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Option Four: Using Digital Optical or Coaxial Audio Connections
Blu-ray Disc Player Audio Connections - Digital Optical - Coaxial Audio Connection - Dual View

Blu-ray Disc Player Audio Connections - Digital Optical - Coaxial Audio Connection - Dual View

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This connection option is the most commonly used connection for accessing audio from a DVD player, and Blu-ray Disc players also offer this connection option as well. However, while this connection can be used to access audio from a Blu-ray Disc player on a home theater receiver, the downside is that these connections can only access standard Dolby Digital/DTS surround signals and not the higher resolution digital surround sound formats, such as Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio. However, if you are satisfied with sonic results you previous experienced with a DVD player, you will also get the same results with a Blu-ray Disc player, when using the Digital Optical or Digital Coaxial connection option.

NOTE: Some Blu-ray Disc players provide both Digital Optical and Digital Coaxial audio connections, but most only provide one of them, most commonly it will be Digital Optical. Check your home theater receiver to see which options are available to you and what options are provided on the Blu-ray Disc player you are considering.

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