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I was just watching the _Kingdom of Heaven_ Blu-Ray disc - which I consider reference quality in terms of the image. But here's what's interesting - the disc says that the only audio soundtrack provided is DTS-HD Master Audio (lossless). And indeed, when watching the movie, the only audio soundtrack I can choose from is the DTS-HD MA. Now obviously, when sending this signal to my Pioneer receiver (VSX-49TX) over the optical audio link - I'm getting a compressed DTS soundtrack - and my receiver has no problem decoding it. However, I can also send the audio from the 5.1 analog outs from the Samsung to the 5.1 analog inputs on my receiver - and this works great too! The sound is amazing - and certainly multi-channel - not some down-mixed stereo.
So here is where I'm a bit confused: My understanding is that the Samsung BD-P1200 does not include a decoder for DTS-HD Master Audio - and yet, with the _Kingdom of Heaven_ disc, which only has a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack - I can hear the soundtrack over optical - and, more importantly, over the 5.1 analog out. To me, this implies that the Samsung BD-P1200 does indeed decode DTS-HD Master Audio. I know my receiver does not have the DTS-HD MA decoder in it - because it is an ancient piece of audio gear - and does not have any HDMI inputs.
Perhaps someone reading this thread can set me straight? And in particular, explain to me exactly what I am hearing over the 5.1 analog outs. Is it lossless? Is it decoded DTS-HD MA? Or some other derivative soundtrack? I'm finding the whole audio codec subject with respect to Blu-Ray and HD-DVD to be rather confusing.