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Dvd player is a tad loud

I gots a question, I have this Panasonic X410 dvd player, it's a real nice unit for 1999, and makes a real nice big single disc cd player..but on my stereo when I play music, it keeps lighting up the peak indicator on my reciever, which probably isn't too good to do that often. I wanted to know if there was a way to "tune" this thing down a bit as far as the line level outputs, but there's not onscreen volume control that I can find. Also, I'm fairly pertubed as to why there's two sets of video rca outputs and two sets of the audio jacks, respectivly, set side beside each other. There's no specific labeling of their function other than just video and audio out, not video 2 or nothing and I don't remember any mentioning of in the manual a few years back when I still had it. This unit has a nice 10 bit video dac with a 24 bit audio decoder (96khz something), I really want to hear what the fibre optic on it sounds like, but hey I can't afford a $3,000 amplifier right now, does anyone know of any kind if "converter" or way I could install a fibre optic board I can get my hands on into my surround sound unit I have now. Ideas ideas, I guess I have spring fever eh?

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NachoMahma9 years ago
. Unless you are driving the amp into clipping, lighting the peak indicators won't harm anything. They are often set to a conservative value to keep bozos from overdriving the amp. . When I search for "Panasonic X410" all I find is a cell phone, so this is just a guess, but the outputs are probably putting out exactly the same signal, possibly even in parallel. . Search for "SPDIF" or "S/PDIF" (Sony/Philips Digital Interconnect Format) for more info on the digital I/O. . I have a 300 disc CD changer with optical S/PDIF and I can't hear that much difference between using the optical or the RCA outputs when recording to a MiniDisc (the only thing I have with optical input), but I'll admit my ears ain't what they used to be (and, IIRC, the MiniDisc uses a compression scheme, so it's probably not a real good test). The main reason I use the optical is so I don't have to rewire the changer/receiver cables when recording - ie, convenience.
Punkguyta (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
It doesn't have SPDIF, but it does have coaxial and optical out. I actually tried plugging the left channel into one set of plugs and the right in the latter, while it was playing. I couldn't notice any single difference, didn't sound out of phaze to me. You probably got a cell phone because Panasonic is a great example of a company that doesn't have time to come up with new model numbering schemes. Try searching DVD-X410 and see what happens, that's the actual model number on it.
The manual I read didn't mention whether the digital out was S/PDIF or not, so I'm out of ideas. . . If you are trying to put together an audiophile and/or high-powered system, now may be the time to invest in a decent pre-amp that has optical input(s). For the type of music you listen to, you don't need state-of-the-art, high-dollar equipment. Look for something that has reasonable noise and distortion figures and enough flexibility (ie, running multiple amps) to allow you to do your experimenting. . I'd recommend allotting most of your budget to speakers and the room they are in - in most systems, the transducers (eg, speakers, DACs) will have the greatest effect on fidelity. Decent electronics are commonplace and cheap, nowadays; luckily, good speakers are more common than they used to be.
Punkguyta (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Ah, I think it's just standard coaxial digital audio output, not spdif, this is 1999 we're talking man :p. I didn't know you could buy pre-amps that had optical inputs, like are we speaking of a pre amp in a matter of fashion as of one that outputs to a seperatly enclosed amplifier? And yes, a stereo isn't nothing without the right speakers. I'll admit, my technics speakers prolly aren't nothing to brag about but I like them, and I like the sound. I'm not a real big fan of surround sound systems, too much fiddleing around to get the "sweet spot" and I just smoke too much ganja mate in a day to do that. Don't get me wrong though I love a good surround sound if you can tweak it right though. I've heard of someone happeneing to have a spare empty room next to their home theater room and the guy happened to think it would work to install a 15" subwoofer into the wall seperating the rooms and use the spare room (well sealed of course. Course, I never seen any pictures/videos so the guy was prolly just bluffing.
> like are we speaking of a pre amp in a matter of fashion as of one that outputs to a seperatly enclosed amplifier? . Exactly. It will have all the input/output connections and selection controls and the volume pot. The output of the preamp is the input to your amp(s). A receiver is a preamp + amp (+ radio, &c) in one case. . If you plan on using video, make sure the preamp will handle those functions, too. . > install a 15" subwoofer into the wall seperating the rooms . Probably works, but it would work better with the proper size enclosure.
Punkguyta (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Okay that's what I thought, that it was just basically a seperated amp/controls for it. And yeah, your average 15" subwoofer probably requires something like 4 cu feet of air space, let alone a room with say, a few thousand cu feet of air?? Lol
Punkguyta (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Oh yeah,...as to why one would find themselves troubled enough to hook a 300 disk changer up to a minidisc (sony mayhaps?) to re-record it to a tiny disc, is beyond me. But then again I've never owned one, I want to get with dual mono amp blocks, the whole works, ahh the sweet smell of burning money as I suck twice as much power as it would cost for one amp BWAH HA HA!!!...
. The MD is a Sony Walkman and MUCH more portable than the changer. ;)
Punkguyta (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
But can it hold as much as the changer???? :P
bommber man9 years ago
maybe you should play a little with it or even better try to see if its something else like trying a new model