Originally Posted by LicenseToKill
I agree with you. But if people are saying they don't know why they can't hear a difference between the DTS-HD MA track compared to TrueHD or lossless LPCM, that indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of what these codecs are and what they do. The point is, they should NOT hear a difference.
I don't notice a dramatic difference but there is a small one. The audio sounds a little bit more rich and fluid, if that makes sense. It has a little more "umph", if you will. Again, though, it's not like night and day.
I am so excited not because the a/v experience will be tons better now -- because it won't (again, the audio quality difference isn't that dramatic) -- but rather because my PS3 can finally output the most popular TOP audio codec out there, which is DTS HD Master. I am thrilled I can finally know I have the best possible sound and know I am not missing out on anything. It also feels great because the PS3 is now hands down the best Blu-ray player out there and yet it's a small price compared to other Blu-ray players!
The PS3 will never be able to bitstream these HD audio codecs, true, but that doesn't matter. It's almost better that it does PCM instead because that means a ton more consumers are going to be able to access the best audio codecs. If it only bitstreamed DTS HD Master, most people wouldn't be able to take advantage as very few receivers out there can decode that track. But with PCM, as we all know, it doesn't have to. As long as you have a compliant HDMI receiver, you're set!
When the PS3 was coming out, I thought the Blu-ray player wouldn't affect their sales much. The PS2 did well with the DVD player built in but the consumer fanfare around DVD was a LOT higher than Blu-ray fanfare so I didn't think it'd be as big of a deal with the PS3. I was wrong. Once HD DVD fell, the PS3 because the most attractive next-gen disc player (considering price, features, and support). Now with the ability to decode all audio codecs, it's even more appealing. I really see absolutely no reason now for someone who wants a Blu-ray player to not get a PS3 as it wouldn't make sense to me.
It'd be very interesting to see how far behind MS Sony would be if the PS3 wasn't a Blu-ray player. I'd bet the PS3 sales would be less than 1/2 what they are right now which would almost make the PS3 another "Dreamcast", if you will. But alas, that's not the case. The PS3 is the best next-gen A/V home theater peice of equipment when you consider bang for your buck. Props to Sony. I'd rather my 360 had a Blu-ray player that would do the same, though, as I never play games on my PS3.
Sony has really won major points with me as a consumer with the PS3 and it has absolutely nothing to do with gaming but Blu-ray only. Well done, Sony. Well done.