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Stereo Blu Ray Questions

So I have been debating getting a Best Buy type surround sound package or sound bar for some time now. We do not watch very many action movies and are more inclined to watch drama or comedy or listen to music. I started reading this website and started thinking it would be better to get a nice amp and bookshelf speakers than spend a $1000 on a box set that only sounds ok musically. I did a bunch of research and decided that a good combo was a Jolida Hybrid JD301RC with the Wharfedale 10.1's. I actually just ordered a Jolida Hybrid  1701RC 50x2 for $500 with shipping last night, I could not pass up the deal so now I am commited. I also have a Pure I-20 coming for christmas to play loss less format music, so I have the music side covered.

So the question.......

What is the best way to hook these up to our Blu ray and tv? We currently have a cheap Best Buy brand 38" tv with a $70 Toshiba Blue ray. The tv has analog outputs and the Blue ray has only digital outputs SPDIF and Coaxial. The Blu ray has a setting in the menus that says Stereo Down Mix with the following options (Stereo, or Surround Encoded LT/RT).

What recommendatiosn do you have for future upgrades? External DAC? Upgrade Blu ray? New tv?

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An external DAC would seem to

An external DAC would seem to be desirable and necessary.  You could run through the TV but I doubt the quality of its DACs.

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DAC

I thought I read somewhere that external DAC's can not decode the Blu ray into stereo. Is there any truth to this?

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BLURAY

I suggest that you get an OPPO BDP-103 Bluray player direct from OPPO.for the following reasons:

1) It will give you vastly improved sound quality for either CD or SACD audio music lsiteming, as well as movies.

2) Its analog audio outputs will feed the sound direct to your amplifier for either music CDs or DVD or Bluray, it never has to go thru the TV (you will need to run a 2nd pair of analog cables from TV to amplifier for normal TV program viewing). It will process the DVD/Bluray sound for optimum 2-channel listening when you make the correct menu selection (the OPPO tech guys will help you thru that on the phone if you are unsure; they are great).

3) Its USB input and built-in high-resolution DAC and wi-fi will give you all sorts of flexibility for music streaming from the internet or from any digital source including your computer.

It is an incredibly good and flexible machine to build a system around; all sorts of flexibility and features and superb sound quality and video processing.

What you have now is very limiting and problematical, and the OPPO will turn that all around.

 

 

speemike wrote:

So I have been debating getting a Best Buy type surround sound package or sound bar for some time now. We do not watch very many action movies and are more inclined to watch drama or comedy or listen to music. I started reading this website and started thinking it would be better to get a nice amp and bookshelf speakers than spend a $1000 on a box set that only sounds ok musically. I did a bunch of research and decided that a good combo was a Jolida Hybrid JD301RC with the Wharfedale 10.1's. I actually just ordered a Jolida Hybrid  1701RC 50x2 for $500 with shipping last night, I could not pass up the deal so now I am commited. I also have a Pure I-20 coming for christmas to play loss less format music, so I have the music side covered.

So the question.......

What is the best way to hook these up to our Blu ray and tv? We currently have a cheap Best Buy brand 38" tv with a $70 Toshiba Blue ray. The tv has analog outputs and the Blue ray has only digital outputs SPDIF and Coaxial. The Blu ray has a setting in the menus that says Stereo Down Mix with the following options (Stereo, or Surround Encoded LT/RT).

What recommendatiosn do you have for future upgrades? External DAC? Upgrade Blu ray? New tv?

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Yea that sounds perfect. Thanks for the help!

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SYSTEM

You might also want to consider the Wharfdale 10.2 speakers. They have more bass than the 10.1.

I hear good things about the Jolida amplifiers.

 

 

 

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Yea that sounds perfect. Thanks for the help!

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