Originally Posted by Al Sherwood
So with A30 (or A20) for that matter, what is the resultant audio stream with the player set to PCM when True HD and DTS MS are involved?
Via HDMI - a PCM stream with the full resolution of TrueHD, and a PCM stream of the DTS "core" only, at 1500kbps. No HD DVD player can decode the full DTS-HD Master Audio, but then only Pan's Labyrinth and a few concert HD DVDs released in the US used DTS MA, although several European HD DVDs used it.
And, with the A35 and bitstreamed codecs, doesn't the AVR have to be able to read/decode these for proper playback?
Correct - the receiver must have HDMI 1.3a or higher, and be able to decode those codecs.
The reason I ask is I have an older AVR (Denon 3805) and was looking to add a Toshiba A30 to my collection of equipment, moving the A20 upstairs out of the theater and would like to what to expect from the A30 and the latest codecs... or do I nead an A35?
Ah, that receiver doesn't have HDMI, so you would be using digital optical? Digital optical doesn't have the bandwidth to support more than 2 channel stereo PCM. So your best bet is to go with an A35. It has 5.1 analog output, which can handle the full PCM stream the same as HDMI.