I have a Sony DVD/SACD Player DVP-CX985V. It has analogue outputs (for the SACD) which I assume means it has its one digital decoder for surround mixes. My question is that if I have these analogue outs, do I need a digital cable for true surround sound for non-SACD formats, such as DVD movies? I don't think I do...I believe I'm hearing the correct surround mix, but I just wanted to ask so my question doesn't remain unanswered.
And while I'm here, would I have any advantage if I bought a DVD-A cd and played it in this player? I know I won't get high definition, but would I still get a surround mix, or not? I thought someone mentioned this once, but I forgot what was said.
You don't need to use the digital feed. But if you want to be sure the receiver gets the signal with no coloration from cables, use the digital out/in. All you need is any old cheap RCA cable. It's not an expensive proposition. But if you're happy with the sound, there's no need to go digital either.