Originally Posted by deano86
Thanks for checking on that.... I guess technically the player can "decode" DTS Master Audio, but what Sony should have done on their published specs for these models was to put in parantheses (DTS core only). Thats what Toshiba players on the HD-DVD side of things(HD-A3 for example) put right on the outside of the box. So there was no confusion. Oh well, not the first time the consumer gets mislead by a CE manufacturer and not the last I am sure.....
I have managed to get the player to display dts ma audio and output to stereo pcm over hdmi to my tv. It really is dependent on switching the BD Audio setting to Direct (as was suggested many posts ago). If you put it on Mix, you will get the secondary audio and menu sounds back, but the feature audio will be pulled exclusively from DTS core, regardless of if you have selected the MA Audio soundtrack. For the longest time, I couldn't figure out why I was only seeing the DTS 3/2.1 audio in the screen display of the player. By switching the audio settings back to Direct, it did the trick to enable MA Audio playback.
This little complication seems to only occur on movie discs that involve DTS for the audio. The Dolby TrueHD movie discs seems to be less fussy in that respect. If you want the lossless soundtrack, all you do is select it, and you get it, w/o having to figure out the player audio settings.
That said, I did discover a new issue, now that I got to play a DTS MA Audio soundtrack for the first time (decoding to pcm and sent to tv). On the Miami Vice disc, the player seems to now get hung up at about the 2/3 mark of the movie (chapter 21?). It never did this in the past, when I was evidently playing only from dts core. I have to do a soft-reset at the power button. I can only get the movie to resume playback by skipping to the next chapter to avoid that part where it gets stuck.
I don't know if I will encounter this behavior on my other dts-ma discs, but this first experience is not encouraging (harkening back to all the early stories about lossless dts playback fussiness in all sorts of players, all sorts of movies, traced to all sorts of chipsets, etc).
...wish the br player in my ps3 still worked.