Really? The soundbar can't decode DTS? That is surprising. My first SOny soundbar decoded DTS, DD and 7.1 PCM. And my second SOny sound bar added the HD audio codecs to their decoding. And the SOny SOundbars I got were not expensive. Only between $200 and $250. I would have thought that all sound bars would have decoded at least DD and DTS. That is very surprising that is doesn't decode such an old legacy format.
Yeah, it's meant to decode just what a TV can output over optical - 2.0 PCM and DD 5.1. It's not a huge deal, because it's a stereo soundbar. But I noticed that on my 2.0 setup, when I let the TV decode the 5.1 and send stereo down to the receiver, it adds a nice virtual surround effect. When I go directly from the console to the receiver, or I set any console to output 2.0 directly, the sound is considerably more flat. So it can still be useful to send 5.1 down to a stereo device.
A minor issue for sure, the people who should really be outraged are the ones who rely on DD 5.1 for the headphones. I don't want to believe they left out DD 5.1 intentionally to screw everyone into upgrading, but it's still messed up. They're stuck with pure stereo until the X1 supports DD5.1 or they get a headset that supports DTS.
Edited by bd2003 - 11/20/13 at 5:48am