I decided to try the Nvidia HD sound for shits and giggles, never tried it before, so I was curious about it. Bitstreaming HD audio didn't work with the Asus version of TMT3 or even multichannel PCM. Only the regular DD/DTS sound worked here. Going to uninstall the Asus TMT3 version and put my retail on and try.
One thing that really blew me away is that I have the original Xonar that didn't support 24p and never sent mine in for the firmware update because I didn't want to wait forever without having my sound card and also I didn't think I would need it. I googled my LG plasma and noticed it did support 24p playback so I said what the hell, I'll try it out. NOW I KNOW WHAT THE FUSS IS ALL ABOUT WITH 24hz MOVIE PLAYBACK!
It's so freaking smooth, it's borderline soap opera effect, lol. Now I can really notice judder on video playback when not in 24hz mode! I mean, you'd think 24fps would be laggy or glitchy, but it's soooo liquidy smooth I don't think I could ever go back now! Info on my display reported 1080/24p and my Denon AVR also reported 1080p/24hz. It's unbelievable the difference... you'd have to see it in action to understand.
Anyway... games did surround over HDMI through the GTX560 so yeah, no more need for DDL or DTSi. One game I have a problem with but not sound related is a console port of MX vs ATV Reflex that the only way I could get it to look judder free (it's locked at 30fps) was to play it in 1080i (have no idea why using interlaced made it judder free just like 24hz on bluray/movie) but now no matter even if I set it to 1080i/30 like before when going through the Xonar, it always jumps to progressive and for some strange reason I lose video/menu overlay through my Denon...Weird.
But yea, 24hz movie playback... now I know what the fuss is all about!
It's.... A major difference. Hopefully my regular retail version of TMT3 will allow me to bitstream HD audio or at least PCM output...
Now I have to figure out why Mx vs ATV Reflex has so much video judder when using progressive scan... Weird how it was so smooth just like using 24hz for movies when using interlaced but interlaced just wont stick when the game starts with the Xonar out of the way it switches to 1080/30p. Computers, gotta love em'... almost never does every single aspect of performance and compatibility work all at one time! Just when you think you got all the pieces of the puzzle put together you always introduce that one new problem.