Originally Posted by capnvid
I bought the Sony BDP 360 Blue Ray player to take advantage of the internal decoding of Dolby Digital and DTS True HD as well as DTS Master Audio. Like THUNDER8268 all I could get was regular Dolby Digital through the HD621 and the smart link to my 861. I called Sony and a nice fellow investigated the situation and told me the BDP 360 was incompatible with the HD621. He did not know if other True HD decoders of Blu-Ray players allow Master Audio and the rest out in a full (not 2-channel only) PCM bitstream.
If anyone is still folllowing this thread can you tell me if any decoded True HD or Master audio can be sent to the HD621 via PCM by any new Blu-Ray player? I started this thread with a Sony BDP 500 which sent undecoded DTS Master Audio from the Roy Orbison "Black And White Night" through the HD621 which sounded great in DTS from the 861. The Sony 500 is back in place in my system and the 360 is being returned to B&H in NYC. Is there any Blue Ray machine that I can ask for that will send decoded DTS Master Audio via full PCM bitstream to the HD621 that can be sent by the smart link to the 861?
Thanks for any help, Capnvid
Dear Capnvid, please read my posting again. You obviously did not understand it.
My 568 does seem to get Dolby Digital Master Autio and DTS HD MA from the S360 through the HD621 as the 568 displays the correct MHR MOV6 96K on the front panel as it did with all other HD players Ive tested that have multi PCM on their HDMI output. I can clearly hear better fidelity than from for example the older S300 that had a dedicated multi PCM setting (along with 2ch PCM and Auto) on its HDMI output.
The S300 could however not decode DTS-HD-MA
, but it managed Dolby True HD
. The S360 is also slightly better than my Toshiba XA2, soundvise. The XA2 also has multi PCM on its HDMI output. The oddness with the S360/HD621 is with the standard DTS, Dolby Digital signals that do not seem to get the MHR treatment in the HD621.
This is obviously a question for someone that knows the AUTO setting workings on the Sony S360 and Sony players in general.
That is why I posted this on the S360 thread also, just in case there was a "Sony expert" available on the AVSF.
The problem with the HD621 however is that it does lack any display, showing what goes in to it or out of it
(like for example a dedicated Iscan video processor does have). You only get what the Audio processor (in my case the 568) displays as its input signal and that should be MHR if the HD621 is doing its job. Bottom line S360/HD621 seems to decode DTS-HD MA and DD True HD to MHR but only seems to pass DD and DTS without any MHR processing.
So back to the drawing board.