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#13513 14-May-2007 15:24
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Having recently added a 42" lcd to our home theatre system, we have been struggling to maximise the quality of our Sky satellite signal. We have the old Pace dsr600 decoder which I have been able to set to s-video on the advanced settings menu. Even this already makes a huge difference.

As a newbie to all this (and Geekzone), I have two questions which the very nice but hopelessly technologically challenged customer reps at Sky are utterly unable to answer (or even understand): first, why can't I set the decoder to RGB since it's on the menu and s-video works (it defaults back to composite if I try)? Is there any way to get around this?

Second, what about 5.1 (or better) audio? I would be very grateful to anyone who can provide some added insight on either of these matters, since no-one who works at Sky seems to understand the product they are selling.

(And yes, we have considered upgrading to a newer decoder with component capability, but since no-one at Sky is capable of explaining whether this would actually represent enough of an improvement over the s-video signal we can already get to be worth the money, I thought I would try to learn a little more in places like this forum first. Many thanks for any help.)

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  #70674 14-May-2007 17:09
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dunno about the video side of it (it confuses me a bit too), however Sky are not yet broadcasting in 5.1. This may be out sometime late this year, or early next year. Nothing for sure though, they're just dates i recall from somewhere.

Personally 5.1 doesn't bother me, I'm hanging out for HD. In saying that, I understand a lot of US sports, eg NASCAR broadcast in 5.1 audio.

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  #70687 14-May-2007 18:57
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Off the top of my head I don't believe those Pace decoders do component output. Sky will swap them for "free" but will charge you for a tech to come and do it. I had a mate who swapped one at Sky's retail store so you may be able to do the same thing.

As for 5.1 sound it's supposed to be coming.. one day.. I personally find audio as important as picture quality when watching a movie so watch DVD's when I want to enjoy a movie.

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  #70722 14-May-2007 23:30
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Of course, since their answer to repeated calls about boxes crashing and needing to be power cycled is to send a tech to swap the box out, one could conclude that if your pace was faulty, it would be swapped without charge.


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  #70730 15-May-2007 08:52
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Ensure you set you decoder to output 16x9 widescreen (assuming you're new plasma is a 16x9) as my install guy didn't and I wasn't aware until 3 went widescreen. I agree on the audio, I like to run it through my AV receiver which guesses the 5.1 at best and is acceptable, far better audio quality than the tv speakers. I'd love to watch Bathurst in 5.1

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  #70743 15-May-2007 11:17
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I just rang to see if I could drop my old dsr600 off at Mt Wellington and pick up a replacement box and the answer was that the retail stores do not accept digital equipment and a tech would be required to come to my place... for a small fee of $39.95....Cry

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