Originally Posted by mariachi
from the specifications on Sony's website and post #15, it does not appear it does.
Hmm, that omission is a little suspicious. But Sony's specs on their website are not the most complete, IMHO - they may be accurate (i.e. if it says something it is true), but they often omit some things, either due to lack of attention or because it was a last-minute update that never got vetted prior to the specs being published.
IMHO, since the press release states it explicitly, Sony will have to publish data that explicitly contradicts or corrects the press release to make me think that the new players don't support internal decoding of DTS-HD MA.
And the Sonystyle website actually says this on the "Learn" tab of the BDP-S360 product page, with similar wording on the Features tab:
Revel in an extraordinary surround sound experience. The BDP-S360 player supports both internal decoding and bitstream output of enhanced audio codecs, including Dolby® TrueHD and dts®-HD Master Audio.
So if they've left out DTS-HD MA decoding, they are essentially lying/mistaken on their webpage (not the first time thids has happened to a CE company).
I suspect the decoding of DTS-HD MA was late enough in the game that it was accidentally left out of the specs page, but maybe it is still not done and Sony intends to provide as a FW update. Only way to know is to try it, I guess. Which is annoying - it is hard to really to "know" it is properly decoding DTS-HD MA internally, since it will use the regular DTS "core" if it can't...