Thanks for the responses but I still have a few questions.
You can choose which audio stream you want in the disc menu or by using the audio button on the remote.
Would that be true for sound tracks that the player itself did not have native support for, such as DTS-MA?
Well they can do that today with DD and DTS so many expect that to be possible with the other audio codecs for those stand alone Blu-ray players that have a HDMI 1.3 output capable of that.
I thought the "legacy" DD and DTS were passed by the optical or coaxial digital connections, not HDMI. Does it pass on both? Is that selectable, or does it just go out all possible connections? I also understand that even the "legacy" DD and DTS are at a higher bit rate than DVD tracks? Is that correct? Is the difference audible?
When I read that HDMI is passing lossless PCM signals from BD players, my assumption is that this has to be across the HDMI connection as the optical or coaxial connections do not have the bandwidth to pass such signals. If that is the case, I would presume that the AVR has to have a special decoder to accept those signals across HDMI and output it as 5.1-7.1 sound, is that correct? If so, is that a common capability of AVRs?
I plan on purchasing either a Denon 4308 or 3808 AVR, or possibly one of the new 8xx or 9xx Onkyo receivers. From the specs I have read on these, they should be able to decode all the audio codecs that I am aware of currently. I am just trying to understand if any existing BD player will be able to output a sound track to one of these AVRs to be properly decoded and played on my speakers, or if I will need a 1.1 or Live spec BD player to achieve this.
If no one really knows this information yet, because the products simply don't exist yet, that is understandable, but I thought maybe this was common information and I was just too dense to figure it out from all the threads I have spent many hours going over.
Thank you for the information so far! And, keep up the good work of posting threads like this! It has already helped me understand the direction of BD and what I need to be looking for. It would seem to me that what I really want is a BD Live specification player. Any estimated dates for the first of these? I was hoping to jump in this fall, but it sounds like it will be next year before these players hit the market?