Originally Posted by hidefpaul
Thanks Casey, I thought as much after reading all the posts..... the thing is.... that, it is difficult to tell the difference whether you are getting the DTS MA track or the DTS HR (1.5 Mbits core) track, when you are counting on the player to do the decoding. I mean all that the receiver shows is MULTI CH PCM (obviously).
This is about the only thing holding me back right now, from getting the player.
If you are a big fan of audio, as I'm guessing you are, I understand why this is important to you. If you have a decent system I think you can, without a doubt, tell the difference between lossless or uncompressed PCM audio and the older, lossy codecs. The "HD" audio sounds warmer, fuller, and presents a more stable, enveloping sound field. I think it's one of the most exciting parts of both the HD DVD and Blu-ray formats. Sure, the 1080p video is great, but people always seem to forget the sound. It's for all these reasons that both the BH200 and many other Blu-ray players were unacceptable to me. I WANTED THE AUDIO, DAMMIT!
Is your receiver capable of decoding the new HD codecs? If so, you should be able to bitstream the DTS HD/MA to the receiver and see if it is actually putting the sound out. But, of course, if you're asking this question than I'm assuming that your receiver doesn't. Mine does and I should have my BH200 is a couple of days. If your question hasn't been answered by then, I'll be happy to play around with stuff and see what I can find out for you.
On a side, theoretically speaking, any machine that can decode DTS HD should
be able to also decode DTS HD Master Audio. The way the decoding works is essentially the same, it's just the Master Audio is less compressed and at a higher bit rate, therefore is lossless. So, if the BH200 is decoding DTS HD at all, it SHOULD
be perfectly capable of doing the Master Audio as well. I don't think you'd really get one without the other.