Originally Posted by uwkid
Just wondering if you had any more luck with the Toshiba XA2. It sounds like from what you are saying even if the HD-DVD has a DTS MA 7.1 track the 605 will not play it out of the 8 speakers (7.1 setup) only 6 (5.1 setup). Do you know if it is a Toshiba issue or a Onkyo 605 issue?
I think this is a Tosh issue. It has been posted that through some convolutions inside the XA2 it will not output raw bitstream to the 605 but it will decode up to its present firmware ability which is TrueHD and DTS core, both 5.1 and output that as PCM. I think this has to do with "advanced content" that would need to be layered in the player or something like that. Perhaps there is a firmware solution from Tosh??
Heres a quote from a disclaiming paragraph on the Tosh XA2 webpage:
"Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS support for up to 5.1 channels (DTS HD support for DTS core only). MP3/WMA audio files not supported. Some current DVDs and CDs may not be compatible. Some Combo Discs and Twin Format Discs may not be compatible. HDMI audio support for PCM only."
I was really hoping for a raw feed and then let the AVR do its thing. I'll need to call Toshiba tomorrow.
So far I have no complaint on the sound output but I don't see or hear where I'm any better off than analog on my older Onk. On the 605, analog sounds very similar in surround vs the HDMI feed but perhaps not quite as sharp. I can't say yet what I prefer. I'm still watching and listening with my thumbs on the setup buttons on too may remotes. More on this later.
Video wise I don't see anything out of the Faroudja thing yet. I have my Moto cable box set to output 480i for all non HD and thats whats showing up on the screen at least thats what my Mits DLP says. Since I want an improvement in SD and maybe I'm seeing it. I think it does look better but I need more work. If the cable box outputs 480i then the interlacer in the AVR should kick in and tell the Mits its getting 480p. I think.
I'll have to turn on one of my old DVD players and send out 480i and see what happens.
Well right now the bottom line is somethings going back and I think its going to be the XA2. This is BS for a top o' the line player.