Blu Ray player that converts to Dolby Digital 5.1

  • 24 March 2016
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I am searching for a Blu Ray player that can convert DTS and other formats to Dolby Digital 5.1., so I can enjoy my DTS Blu Rays with full 5.1. via the Sonos Playbar (+ 2 Play:1). Sonos has recommened a line of Samsung Blu Ray Players in this thread: https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1945/~/maximizing-playbar-sound-from-your-television

Unfortunately most of these are not on the market anymore.

Can anyone recommend any Blu Ray players that can convert DTS and other formats to Dolby Digital 5.1.?

All Best
Anders, Denmark

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I was in the same boat until I bought that little German box with the dip switches on it. I at least get a Dolby 5.1 conversion..."

Do you mind sharing what this specifically refers to ("Little German box")? - Thank you.
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Someone mentioned much earlier in this thread (> 1 year ago) that the recommended 4k player models were no longer made.

FYI - for others looking for a solution to the "DTS problem", I just purchased the Samsung UBD-M8500. It has the option to convert DTS audio to Dolby Digital. For this purpose, I recommend this model.
I can _finally_ listen to all of my Blu-ray (and DVD) disks that only have DTS!! (05/21/2019)

For those of us with a lot of DVD and Blu-ray (more than I care to admit) it seems a little absurd to have a $1800 surround sound system and have to go out and spend a couple hundred more if we actually want to _hear_ our DVD's and Blu-rays. < / Whining >

So I'll stop my whining and enjoy the setup!! (For music, the system has been great! Awesome flexibility for multiple rooms with stereo pairing setups!!)

-Brad
Does this decode dts 5.1 and make it playable on sonos in surround (Dolby digital 5.1 presumably)?


That is my assumption. I'm not a real audiophile and have no way of testing.
However, I can say that I went back to a DVD that previously had no sound (through Sonos) and checked that the blu-ray player said it was DTS 7.1.
The audio not only works in Sonos - but it provides the complete surround sound experience. (Tidal wave crashing front to back and helicopters flying from front left to back right -- matching the visuals perfectly!
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Someone mentioned much earlier in this thread (> 1 year ago) that the recommended 4k player models were no longer made.

FYI - for others looking for a solution to the "DTS problem", I just purchased the Samsung UBD-M8500. It has the option to convert DTS audio to Dolby Digital. For this purpose, I recommend this model.
I can _finally_ listen to all of my Blu-ray (and DVD) disks that only have DTS!! (05/21/2019)

For those of us with a lot of DVD and Blu-ray (more than I care to admit) it seems a little absurd to have a $1800 surround sound system and have to go out and spend a couple hundred more if we actually want to _hear_ our DVD's and Blu-rays. < / Whining >

So I'll stop my whining and enjoy the setup!! (For music, the system has been great! Awesome flexibility for multiple rooms with stereo pairing setups!!)

-Brad
Does this decode dts 5.1 and make it playable on sonos in surround (Dolby digital 5.1 presumably)?
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Agreed,

I have been through two Oppo's. I send the first one to move up the the UDP(Universal Disc Player)-203.
It decodes everything to what you want. Pam sure they would be hard to find but eBay is always a try or audiogon.com is another place to try. Do your research before purchasing any of the pre-owned players. If you can find an Oppo, I would buy it.
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Maybe a bit late in this old threat, but Oppo makes (made) some great Blu-Ray players that convert almost everything (both video and audio) in several formats, even over selectable types of connections.
Highly recommended.

Someone mentioned much earlier in this thread (> 1 year ago) that the recommended 4k player models were no longer made.

FYI - for others looking for a solution to the "DTS problem", I just purchased the Samsung UBD-M8500. It has the option to convert DTS audio to Dolby Digital. For this purpose, I recommend this model.
I can _finally_ listen to all of my Blu-ray (and DVD) disks that only have DTS!! (05/21/2019)

For those of us with a lot of DVD and Blu-ray (more than I care to admit) it seems a little absurd to have a $1800 surround sound system and have to go out and spend a couple hundred more if we actually want to _hear_ our DVD's and Blu-rays. < / Whining >

So I'll stop my whining and enjoy the setup!! (For music, the system has been great! Awesome flexibility for multiple rooms with stereo pairing setups!!)

-Brad


Does this decode dts 5.1 and make it playable on sonos in surround (Dolby digital 5.1 presumably)?
Someone mentioned much earlier in this thread (> 1 year ago) that the recommended 4k player models were no longer made.

FYI - for others looking for a solution to the "DTS problem", I just purchased the Samsung UBD-M8500. It has the option to convert DTS audio to Dolby Digital. For this purpose, I recommend this model.
I can _finally_ listen to all of my Blu-ray (and DVD) disks that only have DTS!! (05/21/2019)

For those of us with a lot of DVD and Blu-ray (more than I care to admit) it seems a little absurd to have a $1800 surround sound system and have to go out and spend a couple hundred more if we actually want to _hear_ our DVD's and Blu-rays. < / Whining >

So I'll stop my whining and enjoy the setup!! (For music, the system has been great! Awesome flexibility for multiple rooms with stereo pairing setups!!)

-Brad
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This is Brad in Alaska. Hope you're doing okay after the recent rash of Shark Tornadoes you've had to endure. We're still getting aftershocks here. But I digress.

I wouldn't call it "whining". I was in the same boat until I bought that little German box with the dip switches on it. I at least get a Dolby 5.1 conversion and, I too would have liked the Sonos products to be a bit more versatile in their ability to handle multiple audio types. I mean, not that I can hear such subtle high, lows, or anything else.

I looked into the M8500 and ended up getting the model right under it but, as I wrote previously, I still got the small device. Being that it was a year ago, as I think back on it, I believe that it was the limitation of my Samsung TV. Always something. Thanks for the reply, Brad.
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Someone mentioned much earlier in this thread (> 1 year ago) that the recommended 4k player models were no longer made.

FYI - for others looking for a solution to the "DTS problem", I just purchased the Samsung UBD-M8500. It has the option to convert DTS audio to Dolby Digital. For this purpose, I recommend this model.
I can _finally_ listen to all of my Blu-ray (and DVD) disks that only have DTS!! (05/21/2019)

For those of us with a lot of DVD and Blu-ray (more than I care to admit) it seems a little absurd to have a $1800 surround sound system and have to go out and spend a couple hundred more if we actually want to _hear_ our DVD's and Blu-rays. < / Whining >

So I'll stop my whining and enjoy the setup!! (For music, the system has been great! Awesome flexibility for multiple rooms with stereo pairing setups!!)

-Brad
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If you can find most Oppo players they will do it. Oppo doesn't make them anymore but they made the best. The other routes, if you are massively upgrading, make sure your HDTV/UHDTV has that option for the optical output. I have a Sony 4k in my bedroom and that is what I rely on in there.
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Thank you, Keithmac... The device is being shipped from Germany so, I won't be posting anything soon but, I'll certainly let you, and others, know how it works out.
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Thanks, Keithmac... I'll look into that. So, the HDMI from the Blu-Ray "in" to the KWMOBILE EDID then from there another HDMI into the TV, right? If so, this sounds like the best solution thus far. Thanks again.

Yep thats right, I bought some shorter hdmi leads and tucked the KWMOBILE emulators behind the DVD and Tivo they are only small.

Mines been faultless so far.

Let me know how you get on!.
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Let us know how it goes when you set it up and, for my addled brain, "how" you configured it, the settings you used...etc. Thanks, DTS or bust.
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I thought I'd post my solution - thanks for everyone on this Forum who helped me. I bought a Samsung BD-J6300 to go with my Samsung UN50H6350 TV (2014). I fired it up, made the connections, removed the optical switcher from the mix and then applied the Dolby Digital 5.1 setting in the Audio Settings menu of the 6300. I got sound so, success in that regard. I attempted to apply the same DD 5.1 setting on my TV but, it remained grayed out no matter what kind of disc I put into the blu-ray player. My SONOS app continued to show that the Playbar was receiving/producing "Stereo" and not DD 5.1. I then set both blu-ray and TV to "PCM" and called it good. It appears that my "ancient" 2014 TV is the limiting factor. Or, my 61 year old brain. I currently have inquiries in to J-Tech and Flexson asking if their HDMI switchers work "on the fly" and will somehow get my SONOS to output The Full Monty and not something I need to settle for. A new TV isn't happening in the near term. Thanks to all who helped.

My Samsung LED TV is 8+ years old, I ended up using a KWMOBILE EDID emulator on the HDMI lead from my Samsung Blu-ray (and another one for my Virgin Media Tivo).

This allows the Blu-ray/ Tivo to supply 5.1 over the HDMI.

Basically when connecting HDMI inputs they do a "handshake", and the TV reports itself as a Stereo device hence why the Blu-ray only feeds the TV stereo signals. The EDID emulator goes between the TV and Blu-ray and tells the Blu-ray that the TV is 5.1 compliant.

Maybe worth a try for you? (try one first).


OMG you totally helped me solve the same issue with my setup. I used my Fospower HDMI switch (which I was trying to eliminate from my setup) to call for 5.1 and THEN the blu ray player sent re-encoded Dolby D to my TV.

What a crazy process just to get 5.1 to work. Thanks for the info!
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Keithmac... I just ordered that EDID Emulator from Amazon (via a German company). It it works with the Blu-ray, I might just get one for my cable box. Thanks again for replying to this thread. It was a big help.
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Thanks, Keithmac... I'll look into that. So, the HDMI from the Blu-Ray "in" to the KWMOBILE EDID then from there another HDMI into the TV, right? If so, this sounds like the best solution thus far. Thanks again.
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I thought I'd post my solution - thanks for everyone on this Forum who helped me. I bought a Samsung BD-J6300 to go with my Samsung UN50H6350 TV (2014). I fired it up, made the connections, removed the optical switcher from the mix and then applied the Dolby Digital 5.1 setting in the Audio Settings menu of the 6300. I got sound so, success in that regard. I attempted to apply the same DD 5.1 setting on my TV but, it remained grayed out no matter what kind of disc I put into the blu-ray player. My SONOS app continued to show that the Playbar was receiving/producing "Stereo" and not DD 5.1. I then set both blu-ray and TV to "PCM" and called it good. It appears that my "ancient" 2014 TV is the limiting factor. Or, my 61 year old brain. I currently have inquiries in to J-Tech and Flexson asking if their HDMI switchers work "on the fly" and will somehow get my SONOS to output The Full Monty and not something I need to settle for. A new TV isn't happening in the near term. Thanks to all who helped.

My Samsung LED TV is 8+ years old, I ended up using a KWMOBILE EDID emulator on the HDMI lead from my Samsung Blu-ray (and another one for my Virgin Media Tivo).

This allows the Blu-ray/ Tivo to supply 5.1 over the HDMI.

Basically when connecting HDMI inputs they do a "handshake", and the TV reports itself as a Stereo device hence why the Blu-ray only feeds the TV stereo signals. The EDID emulator goes between the TV and Blu-ray and tells the Blu-ray that the TV is 5.1 compliant.

Maybe worth a try for you? (try one first).
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Good to know ProfMadrid... I was hoping to eliminate optical switchers completely. What brand is the CYP AUD-41? Is it an automatic process or, does one have to use a remote? Also, do you plug your TV into a second port on the switcher so you can get audio through your SONOS when not using the BD-H6500? Thanks.
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Samsung BD-H6500 converts dts to Dolby 5.1. I’ve connected it to an optical splitter (CYP AUD-41) so that I can connect it directly to my Playbase. This is because my Samsung TV doesn’t pass the Dolby signal from the Samsung DVD player to the optical out. (However it does pass the Dolby signal from an Apple TV.) Unbelievable I know.

I have this exact problem! Why does it work with Apple TV and not with a Blu Ray player??
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I thought I'd post my solution - thanks for everyone on this Forum who helped me. I bought a Samsung BD-J6300 to go with my Samsung UN50H6350 TV (2014). I fired it up, made the connections, removed the optical switcher from the mix and then applied the Dolby Digital 5.1 setting in the Audio Settings menu of the 6300. I got sound so, success in that regard. I attempted to apply the same DD 5.1 setting on my TV but, it remained grayed out no matter what kind of disc I put into the blu-ray player. My SONOS app continued to show that the Playbar was receiving/producing "Stereo" and not DD 5.1. I then set both blu-ray and TV to "PCM" and called it good. It appears that my "ancient" 2014 TV is the limiting factor. Or, my 61 year old brain. I currently have inquiries in to J-Tech and Flexson asking if their HDMI switchers work "on the fly" and will somehow get my SONOS to output The Full Monty and not something I need to settle for. A new TV isn't happening in the near term. Thanks to all who helped.
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What Blu-ray player have you got?, if it's Samsung have a good look through the audio menus first.

I've heard many people mention you can't select DD out on the Samsung TV's unless it is actually receiving it at the time, you may already have all the equipment you need?.


Hi, Keith... I ended up ordering the BD-J6300 from Crutchfield. The advisor "seemed" knowledgeable and, I didn't need the added bells and whistles of the 8500 so, I'm giving this one a shot. If it doesn't work, back it goes and I stick with my optical switcher until I upgrade my TV in the distant future.
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Keithmac... I've gotten a lot of answers and help in this forum. I'm hoping that the newer model blu-ray (8500) will decipher the audio signal successfully and pass that on to my Samsung TV. The audio menus for the BluRay player list all of the options but, when selected, they don't accomplish the task thus, I think, my not being able to select the same on the TV.
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No, it’s grayed out on TV. I have the BD-F7500.
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What Blu-ray player have you got?, if it's Samsung have a good look through the audio menus first.

I've heard many people mention you can't select DD out on the Samsung TV's unless it is actually receiving it at the time, you may already have all the equipment you need?.
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So, I’ve determined from this forum that if I upgrade my 2014 Samsung blu-ray player, I’ll be able to ditch my optical switcher. Currently, in my Samsung TV audio settings, Dolby Digital is grayed our; my only choices are PCM AND DTS Neo 2.5. My TV is a 2014 Samsung as well. Am I correct in assuming that the Blu-Ray does the converting and I’m good with my current TV?

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