Originally Posted by keesjan
1) I set the Sammy to PCM and the Yammy shows MPCM. I'd like to get signal info on the audio bitrate but can't. Am I getting the HD sound when watching a TrueHD movie.
It seems likely. I am not familiar with Samsung setups, though.
2) Should I set the BD player to Bitstream for regular DVD?
That probably slightly better because you will be using your receiver's processing tools instead of the player's. But, any differences are likely to be minor. The only real advantage comes with DTS-ES and DD-EX discs, as noted in (4) below.
3) When I watch Blu Ray's with DTS HD MA sound I can still bitstream to the receiver and the receiver is decoding and outputting sound. I'm not sure if it is the DTS HD though. Is that normal? Shouldn't it be quiet? The signal info shows 5.1 or 6.1 (depending on disc), DTS and a 1536Kb bitrate. That seems low considering the discs are 3+ MB/s right for audio right? Does that mean the receiver is pretending it is regular DTS at the max bitrate?
Since your AVR can't decode dts-MA, the player sends the "core" instead, which is encoded at 1.5 mbps.
4) When I put on Wall E and output bitstream the output shows 6.1 and the DTS lights come on in the AVR display. When I set the BD player to PCM the signal is 5.1 and the rear center does not light up on the AVR display. Are both my componenents capable of 6, 7 and 8 channels of MPCM?
Most player DTS decoders ignore the ES flags. DTS recommends bitstreaming those tracks to a fully functional DTS decoder in a receiver.
5) Will Samsung do a firmware upgrade to decode DTS HD MA?
I wish I learned more before seeing the sales and jumping on the band wagon. I really want to know that I am capable of listening to the best possible audio.
Try comparing a TrueHD track decoded in the player and the same track bitstreamed to your receiver for decoding. (Make sure you match volume levels since most people think louder sounds better.) Hear a difference? DD and DTS are encoded at high bit rates on BD and they sound great, some say just as good as lossless. So, you aren't missing much, if anything at all, by not having a dts-MA decoder. Better speakers will do a lot more to improve your sound than a better BD player.