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Panasonic says they can't add DTS MA to their current player because the chip they used doesn't have the horsepower. The PS3, OTOH, should have plenty.
DTS MA goes through a very complicated process to entwine the core and extension data files together to re-create the original LPCM stream. Dolby TrueHD, on Blu-ray, does the same thing (core + extension), but seemingly has it more streamlined. Therefore, it's less CPU intensive.
The more I ponder it, I think Sony may make DTS MA internal decoding less of a priority on the PS3 because it already has an HDMI 1.3 output, and they're using TrueHD on upcoming releases. Receivers (and soon pre-amps) will have DTS MA as well as Dolby TrueHD on board. With the PS3, you're then set. You can't say the same for other table top BD players currently available.
Listen up, studios! Just say "NO" to DNR and EE!!