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How to Connect a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player to a non-3D Home Theater Receiver

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Connecting a 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with 5.1/7.1 Audio Outs to a Non-3D Receiver
3D Blu-ray Disc Player Featuring Multi-Channel Analog Audio Outputs

3D Blu-ray Disc Player Featuring Multi-Channel Analog Audio Outputs

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Here is a second workaround that is available when adding a 3D Blu-ray Disc player to a home theater system that does not have a 3D-compliant home theater receiver.

If you purchase a 3D Blu-ray Disc player that has one HDMI output, plus a set of 5.1/7.1 channel analog outputs, you can connect the HDMI output of the Blu-ray Disc player directly to the TV for the video and connect the 5.1/7.1 channel analog outputs of the Blu-ray Disc player (shown in the above photo) into the 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio inputs of the home theater receiver, provided your home theater receiver is equipped with this feature.

In this setup, the Blu-ray Disc player will do all the needed audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and/or DTS-HD Master Audio Blu-ray soundtracks and pass those signals to the receiver as unompressed PCM signals. The sound quality will be the same - you just won't see Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio displayed on the home theater receiver's front panel display - it will display PCM instead.

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