Originally Posted by batpig
Same language in the X4000 manual, which initially raised some optimism that there was an internal downmix happening. But I confirmed with a Denon source that it's actually the EDID based solution that I described, forcing the source itself to change the output format. The "Through" setting is really for when you are using the Zone 2 HDMI output to another HDMI processor.
As to your last point, with all due respect I am highly skeptical of this being a real impediment. What devices aren't going to support stereo output?? How could they connect to a TV if they didn't? Not everyone has an AVR and many who do have some sort of HTIB setup are still connecting all sources to the display (which will generally only support basic stereo 2.0 PCM input). Any shiny disk is going to have legacy stereo support built in; all DVD's have a basic stereo track and even HD audio formats have legacy stereo support with a secondary stereo track or stereo downmix coefficients built into the HD audio mix. Any DVD player, Blu-ray player, cable/sat box, video game system, etc. can be configured to output stereo audio over HDMI. And most of the content going to Zone 2/3 is going to be stereo audio anyway (i.e. music).
I'm wondering if maybe the issue with the WDTV is that you were playing ripped content in which you only included the primary (5.1) track and not the secondary stereo track? I'm still suspicious, how would it work if you connected it directly to the TV??
Most blu ray discs do NOT have a stereo track...of JUST the film anyway. DTS HD MA for instance is the lossless track with a lossy core, there is no stereo track 95% of time...at least. 19 times out of 20 the stereo track that does
exist on the disc is the director/producers/actors commentary. This quickly becomes obvious to someone when they rip a few hundred blu rays onto an HDD.
DVDs are basically dead technology that offered a stereo track because, well, it's a 20 year old technology and things have changed, vastly, since.
The reality is that it is the PLAYER (or TV) that downmixes mutli channel tracks and send the stereo to a television so it can be played back. And while most players can do this over HDMI- there are some that cannot. I own two such players, both made within the last 3 years, one of which I already cited. It's well known that the WD Live does not downmix multichannel content and therefore it's very handicapped for use in a second room where one is just using a television.
It's not the end of the world, it would just be nice if the aforementioned was the case.
JamesEdited by mastermaybe - 10/15/13 at 6:44am