huh, well, as Shamus eloquently put it, it's times like this that AVS shows its true colours - I hope, Chris (stepping into a conversation that's basically none of my biz) that you understand that the rampant "FUD" that's spread throughout this community can, of course, put people on edge, and their suspicions about manipulation are not to be seen as personal attacks (usually). Having read this entire thread, I think I can see from a third-party perspective that the intent was not to bar you from posting, but simply to have any prejudice or bias made explicit.
On the HD side, I've tried to (respectfully) tame some expectations raised by the ever enthusiastic Robert regarding Toshiba. I could only -dream- that Tosh had a rep as knowledgeable and committed as yourself show up on these boards, poor Robert has to keep speaking from them instead, and they, of course, often provide -him- with conflicting or inaccurate information, making -him- the brunt of any frustration. In short, I think it'd be rash to start banning "competitor" experts from -any- forum.
As for the topic at hand, it is indeed unfortunate that the player won't do DTS-HD MA, but I'm somewhat at a loss (hah!) as to what the advantage for a studio would be to include this codec over something like TrueHD or PCM that would be compatible on a wider range of units (the Panny included), without =any= degradation in signal. I grant that the cool and fun thing about the new codecs is their ability to "dumb down" for lower/lossy versions from the same soundtrack, meaning that the DTS downconvert would be, at least in terms of bitrate, superior to a TrueHD>DD down conversion, but I just don't see the upside about supporting this format over another in this magical age of lossless codecs. This, of course, is why I don't run a studio.
Finally, what's tacit about Keith's comments above is that there's a new chip that -will- do the deed, provided that a FW from the manufacturer allows you to implement it.
Sooo, who's good with a soldering iron?