Here is the intelligent solution
offered by Panasonic for the HDMI video:
"HDMI VIDEO Resolution
- Auto: Automatically selects the output resolution best suited to the connected television (1080p, 1080i, 720p or 480p).
- 480p - 720p (manual setting)
-1080i -1080p (manual setting)
24p (manual setting)
DVD 24p (manual setting)
–When the unit is connected to an amplifier/receiver that does not support the resolution set on the unit, the video cannot be output properly. "
Notice Panasonic incorporates both auto and manual settings for the video output format
This HDMI audio solution is simple compared to the corner Panasonic has painted itself into: Incorporate similar manual settings for the audio. Dah!
Lets apply Panasonic's own logic from the video to the audio:
"–When the unit is connected to an amplifier/receiver that does not support the speaker conguration set manually or incorrectly chosen by the unit, the audio cannot be output properly."
All the confusing audio tables are then rendered obsolete and can be deleted from the owners manual. Oh happy day?
The PS3 design is now several years old and still works perfectly as Sony provides both auto and manual (override) HDMI speaker configuration settings.
In conclusion there is a serious bug in the DTS specification and/or the Panasonic design. Possible mastering errors in the discs (read T2) will only lead to further confusion.
It’s notable that Dolby True-HD works fine under similar circumstances. Superior engineering?
Combining three poorly defined standards (HDMI, Blu-ray, DTS-HD/MA) is expensive, time consuming and nauseating for end users. Please add a menu based manual-overrride speaker configuration setting to overcome the bugs and breakdown in communication.