First time posting on this side of the format fence...
I really am trying to go format neutral, but the strange way this player handles
audio and video is disconcerting. I bought the player because it was relatively
cheap on Amazon and I wanted something to play "Casino Royale" and the variety of titles which aren't available on HD-DVD.
I tried hooking up video with HDMI and audio with Toslink and got the annoying
"HDMI not supported" nag screen to which others have alluded. I don't know
why I thought a supplemental Dolby Digital track or down conversion to Dolby Digital or DTS was standard (it is on HD DVD). Now I have the player hooked to
my receiver's 5.1 analog outputs, and for some reason can't get any audio out of
the side speakers when I run the speaker test mode, though they do appear to
be working when I play a disc.
Bottom line - I don't really like the 5.1 analog outputs, but wasn't planning to get
an HDMI receiver for a while (my money's pretty much tied up paying for a new
JVC DLA-RS1 projector). My 55 year old ears would also probably be quite happy
with a somewhat better than Dolby Digital bitstream track.
However, since I'm not willing to "dumb down" the video to use component outputs so I can go bitstream, I'm forced to use the analog outputs. Who makes these design decisions, both for the players and the discs?
Does the even cheaper Samsung player have similar audio and video limitations?
Is any information available about the upcoming (cheaper than current model) Sony which might lead me to trade in the Philips and wait for the Sony?
Thanks for any suggestions you might have.
P.S. I'm not really interested in the PS3 (though I might be if I could actually
find a 20gb model in stock). Something about using a videogame as a high
definition playback device seems just plain wrong, though many of course