Originally Posted by benwaggoner
It's possible, but the big trend is moving decoding from recievers into players, so we can let the movies control the audio in cool ways. It's a big perspective change for a lot of folks on the high-end, but it's well worth doing. And since decoders are well-specified, there shouldn't be any quality difference in the PCM audio out of an inexpensive HD DVD player or a very high end reciever.
The future of audio interconnect is PCM. And it's a good thing.
Huh, now I'm confused. I thought DTS was keen for TrueHD to be done inside AVRs rather than players (that was my recollection from talk in one of the HiDef DVD threads here), transported via HDMI 1.3. Will we be seeing DTS TrueHD decoding inside players? I recall Dolby was keen on decoding inside players with transportation to AVRs via PCM. Do DTS and Dolby share the same PCM vision?
Second question (for all insiders) relates to HDMI sound quality. Will it improve?
More than a few people have stated that audio transported via HDMI does not sound that great (due primarily to jitter it seems). I recall that Arcam in its new AVR has HDMI but only for video switching, they do not like the sound of HDMI transported audio (they state that analogue currently is much better). Arcam is a quality company so I take their word on this issue (others have backed up this feeling as well). The question is will this situation improve, will the jitter (and other issues) of HDMI be solved in 1.3 and beyond such that high-end fans can use HDMI connectivity to get the best possible audio results.