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Perhaps I am behind the eight ball on this topic, but I was unaware of the ability of the Oppo 205 to decode streamed 5.1 HD audio and ouput it via its multi-channel analog outputs.

We bought a new 4K TV last month and got Disney+. This app has many titles in 4K HDR with 5.1 and Dolby Vision with Atmos:


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My particular TV sees the Dolby Vision stream. I was hoping for plain 'ole Dolby Digital 5.1 via the optical output from the TV, but that isn't offered according to Disney+. Ugh, "There's got to be a way," I said to myself.

So I tried connecting this thing on the TV called HDMI ARC (ARC = Audio Return Channel) to the HDMI Input of the Oppo 205 but no dice. Then I noticed while going through the input menu on the 205 that it also had an ARC option:


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Hmmmmmmmmm. Although counterintuitive, I connected the HDMI (ARC) from the TV directly to the HDMI output of the 205. I selected the ARC:HDMI OUT input on the 205 and it started working its magic. First it gave me this screen:

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I selected the Disney+ app and the 205 then did this all on its own. Is this cool or what::

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And now I am getting high-quality 5.1 audio decoded via the 205's analog outputs. I don't know if the Oppo is seeing the Dolby TrueHD stream in the Atmos feed or some other 5.1 animal; but it sure sounds way better than Dolby Digital. Happy Happy Joy Joy! :rocks:rocks:rocks:SG:SG:SG

(For the multitudes out there that already knew this was possible, thank you for your patience.)
 

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Perhaps I am behind the eight ball on this topic, but I was unaware of the ability of the Oppo 205 to decode streamed 5.1 HD audio and ouput it via its multi-channel analog outputs.

We bought a new 4K TV last month and got Disney+. This app has many titles in 4K HDR with 5.1 and Dolby Vision with Atmos:


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My particular TV sees the Dolby Vision stream. I was hoping for plain 'ole Dolby Digital 5.1 via the optical output from the TV, but that isn't offered according to Disney+. Ugh, "There's got to be a way," I said to myself.

So I tried connecting this thing on the TV called HDMI ARC (ARC = Audio Return Channel) to the HDMI Input of the Oppo 205 but no dice. Then I noticed while going through the input menu on the 205 that it also had an ARC option:


View attachment 44512

Hmmmmmmmmm. Although counterintuitive, I connected the HDMI (ARC) from the TV directly to the HDMI output of the 205. I selected the ARC:HDMI OUT input on the 205 and it started working its magic. First it gave me this screen:

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I selected the Disney+ app and the 205 then did this all on its own. Is this cool or what::

View attachment 44515

And now I am getting high-quality 5.1 audio decoded via the 205's analog outputs. I don't know if the Oppo is seeing the Dolby TrueHD stream in the Atmos feed or some other 5.1 animal; but it sure sounds way better than Dolby Digital. Happy Happy Joy Joy! :rocks:rocks:rocks:SG:SG:SG

(For the multitudes out there that already knew this was possible, thank you for your patience.)
Hmm, I'll need to study what all you've put out here, I just started watching The Mandalorian through a ROKU stick plugged into the back of my 205; and have been using Toslink out to my receiver. I felt the surround of the show was OK but nothing special. I do have analog outs to my receiver (and HDMI for the video to my TV) which I use most of the time; but I may be limited to what the ROKU stick will output?
 

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Hmm, I'll need to study what all you've put out here, I just started watching The Mandalorian through a ROKU stick plugged into the back of my 205; and have been using Toslink out to my receiver. I felt the surround of the show was OK but nothing special. I do have analog outs to my receiver (and HDMI for the video to my TV) which I use most of the time; but I may be limited to what the ROKU stick will output?
Try watching Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace. I know that movie has excellent surround effects on my system when I let the Oppo do the surround sound decoding. Toslink from my 4K TV to the receiver on both The Mandalorian and Phantom Menace was only giving me stereo. Apparently, Disney+ does not support surround sound via Toslink:

 

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Try watching Star Wars I, The Phantom Menace. I know that movie has excellent surround effects on my system when I let the Oppo do the surround sound decoding. Toslink from my 4K TV to the receiver on both The Mandalorian and Phantom Menace was only giving me stereo. Apparently, Disney+ does not support surround sound via Toslink:

Not sure yet, but my Marantz receiver was showing a 5.1 input (but I was so engrossed in the show "The Mandalorian"-which is excellent BTW) that I didn't actually check my center and rears.
So how is the Surround on "The Mandalorian"?
 

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I'll need to check my setup tonight. Been killing me to get no surround on the Mandalorian. I have an Oppo 103, but it does support ARC.
Sounds promising... thanks for the heads up!
 

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Both my Denon AVRs have HDMI ARC Return inputs for my two Sony TVs and I’m getting 5.1 from TV stations and apps (Netflix, Amazon and a Sports streaming app). This also gets Atmos if the show has it).
 

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First words from the Mandalorian - "I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold!"
He also will accept a fob and forgo a puck for the right price.

Checked my sound via the 205 with HDMI In -ROKU stick; and out either Toslink or Analog direct to Marantz 8500 receiver:

For me I believe its 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus at 48k either way (that's what the oppo says it is.) Probably limited to my ROKU stick specs., not sure what Disney + pushes on this show. The Mandalorian seems to be focused on mostly center channel for me (seems like a conservative mix in the rears)
Tried "The Phantom Menace" also, and it was much more aggressive in the rears.

Now if someone can please direct me to a rear tube?
 

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The lack of 5.1 over optical must be a fluke of your system. It works just fine on mine. I'm running Disney+ on an XBOX One, connected via HDMI to a Samsung TV, with optical audio out to an older Yamaha receiver (which is 5.1 PCM-or-DSD-over-HDMI capable, but without DTS or Dolby lossless decoders). The receiver detects and decodes the Dolby stream just fine.
 

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So how is the Surround on "The Mandalorian"?
It’s decent. I went back to S1E1 and there were bullets flying all around during the gunfight scene...But I was using Logic7 to generate a 7.1 surround field.

The lack of 5.1 over optical must be a fluke of your system. It works just fine on mine. I'm running Disney+ on an XBOX One, connected via HDMI to a Samsung TV, with optical audio out to an older Yamaha receiver (which is 5.1 PCM-or-DSD-over-HDMI capable, but without DTS or Dolby lossless decoders). The receiver detects and decodes the Dolby stream just fine.
There could be a whole bunch of reasons why Optical works on one system but not another. However, I am definitely getting better than legacy Dolby Digital by going through the Oppo 205.
 

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First words from the Mandalorian - "I can bring you in warm, or I can bring you in cold!"
He also will accept a fob and forgo a puck for the right price.

Checked my sound via the 205 with HDMI In -ROKU stick; and out either Toslink or Analog direct to Marantz 8500 receiver:

For me I believe its 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus at 48k either way (that's what the oppo says it is.) Probably limited to my ROKU stick specs., not sure what Disney + pushes on this show. The Mandalorian seems to be focused on mostly center channel for me (seems like a conservative mix in the rears)
Tried "The Phantom Menace" also, and it was much more aggressive in the rears.

Now if someone can please direct me to a rear tube?
What is Dolby Digital plus ? DD+
I get it on Amazon Prime streaming but not on Netflix.
 

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What is Dolby Digital plus ? DD+
I get it on Amazon Prime streaming but not on Netflix.
Like many of these codecs, their capablilities may not always be utilized to their full potential.

:ROFLMAO: first line on the wiki page:

"DD+" and "DD Plus" redirect here. For the bra size, see Bra size.
 

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Like many of these codecs, their capablilities may not always be utilized to their full potential.

:ROFLMAO: first line on the wiki page:

"DD+" and "DD Plus" redirect here. For the bra size, see Bra size.
So Dolby Digital plus provides a more "Buxom" sound?
 

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I still say if you can find an Oppo 103 on eBay for under $400 (which I’ve seen several sell in the mid $300 range lately); it’s a f***n’ steal. And I believe they have apps that the 20xs don’t have.
I'd suggest the 105 with/with out Darby is the one to have. Decoding all formats short of Atmos with very high quality analog out is a real advantage. And yes, the 103/105 has youtube, hulu, vudu, etc that the 2xx doesn't have. Since I have a projector, not a smart TV, that's enough reason right there for me not to get a newer oppo. Yeah yeah I know there's other ways to stream but this integrates so well & easy no glitches.
 

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I'd suggest the 105 with/with out Darby is the one to have. Decoding all formats short of Atmos with very high quality analog out is a real advantage. And yes, the 103/105 has youtube, hulu, vudu, etc that the 2xx doesn't have. Since I have a projector, not a smart TV, that's enough reason right there for me not to get a newer oppo. Yeah yeah I know there's other ways to stream but this integrates so well & easy no glitches.
I haven’t priced the 105s, but I suspect they’re higher priced; but yes, better features and also could be a great buy. Agree that the prices on the 2xx models are just crazy!
 

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I haven’t priced the 105s, but I suspect they’re higher priced; but yes, better features and also could be a great buy. Agree that the prices on the 2xx models are just crazy!
I think the 2's are priced higher because of 4K.
Another advantage of the 1's is they have HDCD decoders. There are some good Audio Fidelity HDCD selections.
 

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Like many of these codecs, their capablilities may not always be utilized to their full potential.

:ROFLMAO: first line on the wiki page:

"DD+" and "DD Plus" redirect here. For the bra size, see Bra size.
Watching Jack Ryan DD+ with Atmos Upmix.
True to it's name DD+ is bigger, full bodied and well rounded.
Really fills the room !!!
 
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