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New Sony Blu-ray with Old JVC 5.1 Sound System

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By: Troy (Regina, Sk, Canada)

Can I use my older JVC DVD player 5.1 sound system with my new Sony Blu-ray? The older JVC DVD home theatre system has great sound and I would rather use it than buy a new home theatre system.

The problem is that the chord from the DVD to the back of the subwoofer is one that my new Sony Blu-ray doesn’t have a port for. It is round with a ‘notch’ taken out at approx. 4:00 & 8:00 o’clock with 8 pins (see photo below of the DVD player with port SP-PMW505).

The guys at Visions Electronics told me that it was just a setting on my DVD player that had to be adjusted, ie “Surround instead of stereo.”

I tried everything I could find on the remote and came up with nothing. Currently, I have patched my DVD to my new Blu-ray with the old white and red stereo jacks and only 2 of the DVD speakers are operating (obviously).

How can I get this all to work? Do I need to buy an amp? A receiver? Something else?


Comments for New Sony Blu-ray with Old JVC 5.1 Sound System:

Connection problem
by: Paul (Site Editor)

Hi

It’s a bit hard to see exactly what your JVC system is. The model number would be useful.

However, I’m guessing the JVC ‘DVD’ is also the ‘receiver’.

If so, then connect ‘Optical Digital Out’ of your Blu-ray player into the ‘Optical Digital In’ of the JVC DVD (you will need an optical cable). This should then send 5.1 surround sound audio tracks into your JVC sound system.

Hope that helps.

Paul

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Connecting Blu-ray player with an older receiver.
by: Ringmaster

“Can I use my older JVC DVD player 5.1 sound system with my new Sony Blu-ray? The older JVC DVD home theatre system has great sound and I would rather us use it than buy a new home theatre system.”

Do you mean: Can I use my older 5.1 JVC Receiver (Control Amplifier) with my new Sony Blu-ray Player?

“The problem is that the chord from the DVD to the back of the subwoofer is one that my new Sony Blu-ray doesn’t have a port for. It is round with a ‘notch’ taken out at approx. 4:00 & 8:00 o’clock with 8 pins (see photo below of the DVD player with port SP-PMW505).”

You normally would not connect a DVD/Blu-ray player to any other device; these players only get connected to a “Receiver”.

The “Round” “S Video” Output on your JVC Receiver is for “color” only; it does not transmit any Sound. Therefore, you would not use this connector at all. There is an alternative where you could use this connector, but, it has nothing to do with your subwoofer.

Your older “Receiver” probably does not have a “Line Output” for your “sub-woofer”?

If this is your situation, I believe you would have to connect your “subwoofer” to your speaker “B” “Left Output” from your older JVC Receiver; and set your knob on your older Receiver to Output to both “A” & “B” speakers.

“The guys at Visions Electronics told me that it was just a setting on my DVD player that had to be adjusted, ie “Surround instead of stereo.”

This statement does not sound logical; so, let’s not bring this into your present problem.

“I tried everything I could find on the remote and came up with nothing. Currently, I have patched my DVD to my new Blu-ray with the old white and red stereo jacks and only 2 of the DVD speakers are operating (obviously).”

You do not connect your old “DVD” player to anything; so, totally disconnect it from your system. Get rid of it, because your new Blu-ray player will take its place, and play your CD’s, DVD’s and Blu-ray DVD’s.

“How can I get this all to work? Do I need to buy an amp? A receiver? Something else?”

Let’s play with what you have for the time being; I think we can get it to do what you want. Incidentally, is your subwoofer powered (contains its own amplifier), or unpowered (having no amplifier). And, does your subwoofer have a single “Line Input; or, does it have a “Line Input” and “Speaker Inputs”?

Please feel free to come back, if I’ve caused any confusion! (sometimes I’m good at that).

Have fun…

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