Originally Posted by thebland
I hope we don't get into a format war with all these codecs (Auro, Atmos, etc).
To me, a format war occurs when incompatible formats compete, like VHS/Beta, where you needed 2 different players. Audio codecs do not present that sort of choice for the user. We already have the ability to decode several audio formats in the same AV system.
If Auro gets placement into BD players, I can still incorporate it with my Trinnov processing as I assume it will be in the LPCM output from a modded Oppo (when it incorporates such). But discrete 9.1 soundtracks will require another solution for me.
The reason that Auro can be used on BD is that it folds down to a 5.1 PCM channel soundtrack, so it is technically compliant. That is what will come out the BD player, as I doubt you will see 9.1 Auro decoding there.
When it comes to Atmos or MDA on BD, they will be carried inside TrueHD and DTS-HD MA bitstreams into the AV processor for full decoding. A processor with Auro, Atmos, and MDA will handle whatever the disc offers, seamlessly. No format war.