That’s why I’ve held off from upgrading to an A/V receiver with HDMI, choosing instead to retain my 15-yearold Yamaha RX-V659 for audio duty and let a disc player handle video. For example, connecting my current Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player via its 7.1-channel analog output to the Yamaha AVR’s multichannel analog input lets me hear lossless soundtracks on Blu-ray, while an HDMI connection made directly from the player to my TV handles high-def video.
To continue this trend (A/V separation) in the 4K era, I am planning an upgrade to Panasonic’s DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player. My thought is that it will bring me completely up to date with all current A/V formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio, and 4K/HDR video. Here’s my question: Can I can connect the DP-UB9000’s 7.1 analog output to the Yamaha AVR (just like I currently do with my Oppo player) and hear Atmos/DTS:X? I know the player’s coaxial and optical digital ports only support output of compressed 5.1 soundtracks, so I doubt they would help here, right? RICK POAGE / FAIRFAX, VA
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