Originally Posted by tyree91
Kal, if you read the press release it states that the unit will access the new codecs. You are correct that 1.3b only means that it is capable of decoding them not requiring it. I will say we have not seen any company issue a 1.3 unit that is not designed to decode the new bitstreams, and it would be foolish of Theta to have waited for a 1.3 solution and not utilize it fully to decode them. I guess we shall see at CEDIA. Regards, Norm
Well, I hate to be a party-pooper, but you are making a lot of assumptions.
In the first place, how many high-end 1.3b units have we seen? It isn't necessarily "foolish" for Theta to issue a 1.3 solution without decoding--it may be the new owners' recognition that they are far behind the market and wanted to get something out that allowed them to claim HDMI capability as fast as possible. Given the timeframe, i find it much easier to believe that they could implement 1.3b connectivity capability for LPCM than a full on decoding solution as well.
Does anyone else find the wording in the quoted article peculiar: "New formats such as Dolby TruHD and DTS-HD Master Audio are now able to be accessed
, leveraging Theta’s legendary expertise in D/A conversion technology..."
"...able to be accessed" is an awfully convoluted, passive way of saying this...why not just say the Blanca can decode the new formats? It's a much clearer, simpler and stronger way of advertising the capability if it does in fact have it. Instead, the wording here certainly leaves open the possibility that the format "access" is via LPCM, transmitted over HDMI--in fact, the wording is exactly the way marketing types would fudge the issue to imply more capability without committing to it. "Accessing" the formats that have been decoded in the player and transmitted as LPCM is also more in alignment with "Theta's legendary expertise in D/A conversion"--i.e., converting LPCM to analog--than actual decoding technology, an area in which they have traditionally had no in-house expertise.
I actually do hope that they deliver the full enchilada--I like to see the performance bar raised via healthy competition. I just hate to see people getting their hopes up over a statement whose wording I find dubious. Sorry, it's the writer in me.