Originally Posted by BIslander
There aren't any 192 kHz encodes. As for 96 kHz, most players have a setting to down-res PCM from 96 to 48 for receivers that can't handle the higher sampling rate. If your receiver can handle 96 kHz, then you won't have a problem. There are only a handful of 96 kHz discs to begin with. Almost all Blus are 48 kHz.
Thanks for the great clarification. I am still learning as much as I can, but miss some of the details here and there...
If I may ask for your advice and opinions: Which way to connect is better? My old receiver (DD/DTS capable) can accept 5.1 analog inputs by connecting only 5.1 analog outs OR use the TOSLINK optical.
My Onkyo receiver has one unique feature, for DTS 24/96 material the audio is processed at 96kHz. ASSUMING this means "bitstream" as optical input to it, correct or no?
On the Samsung blu-ray, I can use EITHER the 5.1 (manual says to leave L&R surr back unconnected for any 5.1 receiver connections) or you can choose to send via TOSLINK optical out. (2 TOSLINK modes available in my case~ see below info from the player manual)
I do not understand what is going on in both these options since it seems that all the decoding is already done on the blu-ray anyways.
The Blu-ray TOSLINK out has 3 modes, but only 2 for me since I don't do HDMI:
Decodes Primary, Secondary and Effect audio streams together into PCM audio.
Pros: You can enjoy Primary, Secondary and Effect audio together. You can also enjoy Dolby TrueHD sound even if your receiver cannot decode Dolby
Cons: You cannot hear DTS-HD Master Audio sound with this setting
even if you have an HDMI 1.3 receiver which has DTS-HD Master Audio decoding capability. (Note: Samsung will add this as a feature in f/w upgrade)
Recommended choice if you have an HDMI 1.1 or HDMI 1.2 receiver which cannot decode DTS-HD Master Audio. Also recommended if you are
using an optical cable for audio and your receiver cannot decode
Dolby Digital or DTS.
2) Bitstream(Re-encode) mode:
Decodes Primary, Secondary and Effect audio streams together into PCM audio, then re-encodes the PCM audio into DTS bitstream.
Pros: You can enjoy Primary, Secondary and Effect audio together.
Cons: Audio quality may be lower than PCM or Bitstream (Audiophile) setups.
Recommended choice if you don’t have an HDMI supported receiver, but have a receiver with an Optical input that can decode DTS.