Sanjay said "The PS3 has a built in decoder for TrueHD but apparently not for DTS-HD and DTS-HD MA. For those latter two codecs, the native bitstream will have to be sent to a receiver that has the new DTS decoding built in, "when those products become available".
I was explaining the bolded portion of the quote that Q posted, even quoting from that passage.
If I am reading this correctly, this means that even though the PS3 wont internally decode DTS-HD, since it has hdmi 1.3, it can send the native bitstream to a processor that has a DTS-HD decoder in it, and WILL get DTS-HD sound. Correct?
Correct, as long as the content is allowed
to be transmitted in its native bitstream. Otherwise, to quote Bob: "if the player can't do the decode itself then you just can't listen to that particular audio track."
So, if the PS3 cannot decode a particular soundtrack AND that soundtrack is not allowed to be sent to a future receiver that can decode it, then you simply cannot listen to that soundtrack.
There's a couple of things we should clarify and, unfortunately, I don't have the answers. Does the Advanced/Basic authoring apply to Dolby codecs only or to DTS codecs too? Also, is this an interactive feature of HD DVD only or will it also be a feature of Blu-ray (once they get their interactive BD Java going).
What if it turns out that DTS-HD and DTS-HD MA soundtracks on Blu-ray Discs have no problem being transmitted by current BD players with HDMI 1.3 output (like the PS3)?
Hope I am not looking to dense here!
Are you kidding? Rube Goldberg himself couldn't have come up with implementations this complex. I feel like I'm treading water just to keep up with the new information I pick up every day.