With all of the new players being sold, and the close to 900 viewing this HD DVD player forum, its just a matter of time before people will be looking for answers and assistance from AVS.
Newbies with questions we've seen hundreds of times will be needing our help.
Patience, correct info, will go a long way in educating others.
I say lets show them that AVS is still the best place on the Net for A/V info!For a DETAILED look at HD DVD audio, setup, etc, have a look here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=957051
From member Batpig we have the following info:
QUESTION:What's this I hear about 5 FREE MOVIES with my HD-DVD player?
All new HD-DVD players are eligible for 5 free movies via mail-in-rebate from Toshiba. Information and the form can be found by clicking on "The Perfect HD-DVD Offer" link at: http://thelookandsoundofperfect.com/
QUESTION:Where can I find the user manuals for HD-DVD players?
Go to http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/hddvd/
and click on the "SUPPORT" tab at the tab of the page to access user manuals and other information. THIRD GEN (A3/30/35) MANUALS ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE ONLINE.
HD-A1 manual: http://tacpservice.toshiba.com/Consu...uals/hddvd.asp
HD-XA1 manual: http://tacpservice.toshiba.com/Consu...uals/hddvd.asp
HD-A2 manual: http://tacpservice.toshiba.com/Consu...uals/hddvd.asp
HD-A20 manual: http://tacpservice.toshiba.com/Consu...uals/hddvd.asp
HD-XA2 manual: http://tacpservice.toshiba.com/Consu...uals/hddvd.asp
QUESTION:I will be connecting my HD-DVD player to my receiver via Optical (or Digital Coaxial) -- what audio will I get?
It depends on what model of HD-DVD player you own. Multichannel hi-resolution audio formats cannot be transmitted over SPDIF (optical or coax), so your player will automatically decode the audio and then re-encode it into either DTS or Dolby Digital for transmission.
Your user manual has a chart titled "Output sound conversion table" (found on Page 60 in most manuals) which gives a precise breakdown of the audio outputs.
NOTE: To output multichannel audio over SPDIF, you must set the "DIGITAL OUT SPDIF" setting in the Audio Setup Menu to "BITSTREAM." Setting this to "PCM" will provide you with only 2-channel audio over SPDIF.
Summary of output over SPDIF:
1. If a DTS-HD or DTS MASTER AUDIO track is selected, all players will output the 1.5mpbs DTS "core" soundtrack.
2. If a DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS or DOLBY TRUE HD soundtrack is selected, the following players will transcode and ouput the audio as 1.5mbps DTS: A1 / XA1 / A2
(NOTE: If you have one of these three models, you must have a receiver which will decode DTS soundtracks. Certain older receivers, especially older Sony ES receivers, claim DTS support but do not correctly handle the full bandwidth 1.5mbps DTS stream. If soundtracks sound garbled or "underwater", your receiver cannot handle the DTS properly.)
3. If a DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS or DOLBY TRUE HD soundtrack is selected, the following players will transcode and ouput the audio as 640kbps DOLBY DIGITAL: A20 / XA2 / A3 / A30 / A35
QUESTION:I just bought an HD-A2 one one of these great deals but my receiver doesn't have HDMI and doesn't decode DTS (i.e. Dolby Digital only). What's my best option for audio?
Unfortunately, the only way to get multichannel sound over an optical connection from the HD-A2 is via a transcoded DTS 5.1 signal. If your receiver either doesn't decode DTS or has trouble with the full 1.5mbps DTS stream, you have three options:
1. Get a newer receiver that can handle the DTS
2. Grab a different model (i.e. A3 or A20) that ouputs 5.1 Dolby Digital
3. Set the HD-A2 to output "PCM" over optical SPDIF (in the Setup menu of the player). This will give you a very high quality 2-channel PCM stream over optical, and you can use Dolby Pro-Logic decoding to create surround sound. (Note: Make sure to set the "HDMI AUDIO OUT" to "Downmixed PCM" as well, as the two audio settings can affect each other).
QUESTION:I only have a 2-channel (or 2.1) audio set-up? Will I still benefit from the improved audio on HD-DVD's?
YES. Go to the HD-DVD's setup menu, set the SPDIF Audio Out setting to "PCM", set the HDMI Audio Out setting to "Downmixed PCM". The HD-DVD player will now output a hi-resolution 2-channel downmix of the DD+/TrueHD soundtrack on HD-DVD's over optical connection.
QUESTION:How can I get this new hi-quality multichannel "lossless" sound from my HD-DVD's?
There are only three ways to get hi-resolution multichannel sound (i.e. Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, or DTS-HD or MA) from an HD-DVD player:
1. If you have an HDMI capable receiver that can handle multi-channel PCM audio over HDMI, the HD-DVD player can decode the audio and send it as multi-channel PCM over HDMI.
2. If you have an HD-A35 player and a HDMI 1.3 capable receiver that can decode the new formats internally, you can send the raw bitstream audio ouput to the receiver for decoding/processing. As of now, every single HD-DVD player besides the A35 has to decode the new sound formats internally, and output PCM to the receiver as with point #1 above. The XA2 is rumored to be adding this capability with a future firmware update.
3. If you have an HD-DVD player with multichannel analog output -- A1 / XA1 / XA2 / A35 -- and a receiver with multichannel analog inputs, you can have the player decode the sound internally and output the sound to your receiver. (PLEASE NOTE that most receivers will not allow ANY processing on the multichannel analog inputs, which means you must set up bass management, speaker levels, and speaker distances in the HD-DVD player!)
SEE THIS THREAD FOR MORE INFO ON HDMI AUDIO AND YOUR RECEIVER:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=789994
And from member turbe, we have this info:
HELPFUL LINKS (I will continue to update):
HD-A2 manual: http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/tacpasse.../HD-A2KU_E.pdf