Originally Posted by himey
Can I get 5.1 uncompressed audio from the analog outs? I did not think so. Hopefully I am wrong.
Whatever formats the Toshiba can decode, will be output "full strength", so to speak, via analog and PCM/HDMI.
Right now, this is confirmed to mean DD+ (5.1) and DD TruHD (2 channel). We are waiting to hear back from DTS as to what form DTS-HD will be decoded in.
I have a suspicion here, I don't know if we can say that the "re-encoding" to DTS is at fault for the lowered DB levels. It seems that the analog users are reporting the same thing.
Could it be that the DD+ material or decoding is giving a lower signal level itself?
By the way, the HDMI/PCM option is the best, for anyone who can. But you must choose PCM from the menu (or auto). Choosing bitstream, if I read the manual correctly, will give you the DTS bitstream over HDMI - which is less optimal than PCM.
The DTS bitstream is used as the optimal method to get the 5.1 over SPDIF, as there is not enough "space" over SPDIF optical or coax to support 5.1 channels of uncompressed 96/24 audio.
So DTS compression is used as the least of all evils, just for the SPDIF connections.
Shame to hear about that analog hum - is eveyone getting that?