Originally Posted by Josh Z
This is incorrect. DD+ and TrueHD are always
decoded by the player. If using an HDMI connection, they are decoded to PCM and output that way. The only way to transmit a raw DD+ or TrueHD bitstream to a receiver is with HDMI 1.3, and only if the track is authored in "Basic" format, which none are.
i wasn't incorrect as that is exactly what i have been saying: when you say you want to output bitstream, you are talking about the compressed/encoded audio, not the decoded pcm...given that the XA2 has 1.3, it has the ability to output the bitstream but there isn't anything yet available to receive/decode it.
i don't think the track being authored in basic format prevents the bitstream from being output, does it? is this really where you are taking issue?
if so, and that is the case, then i would agree but the point i was trying to get clarified is that when we say bitstream and we are discussing dd+ or dd-thd, there can be no bitstream without "at least" hdmi 1.3 on both the player and the receiver...then the receiver would require the requisite decoders to hear anything.