I am surprised too. But I did know going in that advanced audio support or lack there of, was the biggest rap on the player. I'm not really bummed about it or anything, I was just asked to test 7.1 LPCM to my AVR, and I can't really test it.
Does anybody have any speculation as to what it (the samsung BD-P1000) actually does when you select the track? Does it just omit the 6th and/or 7th channels and give you the 5.1 channels only? I mean it did sound a little different, but also gave me strong surround performance, I was just concerned it was no longer accurate sound performance.
M-CH 5.1 + EX PCM did show up on the display of my AVR when I selected the 6.1 track from the disc menu. I still can't figure out why I could not selelct it the first night I tried it on the player at all, but I tried it the next day and had no trouble selecting the track.
Being ever hopefull, any chance this could be enabled in a Firmware update? I suspect there is some fundemental issue with this if the player only has 5.1 analog output.