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Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
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I bought a new AVR last year because of Netflix's use of DD+ and Roku's inability to transcode it (I'd been thinking about upgrading to a new AVR for a couple of years; the Netflix-DD+-5.1-out-of-Roku thing was just the final push). My previous Onkyo AVR had HDMI switching but no support for DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD HR or DTS-HD MA; it would receive DD+ from the Roku 2 and output a static noise. The Roku 2 is the only device that I know of which can play 5.1 sound from Netflix but not trancode its DD+ to basic DD; all of the BD players can do that or decode it and output multichannel LPCM and the video game consoles can do the transcode. DD+ is designed to be converted to basic DD via a computationally lightweight process, but to implement that process would require licensing from Dolby; Roku avoids the cost of that license by simply passing DD+ through.
Of course, if you have an older AVR without DD+ support, Netflix's stereo sound usually includes Pro Logic matrixed surround which can sound quite decent.
Mike Scott (XBL: MikeHellion, PSN: MarcHellion)
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