Originally Posted by BWX
Why don't you decode the files on the fly on the HTPC? I can play True-HD or DTS-HD Blu ray discs from my PS3 on the v661 via hdmi with mlpcm, and get the perfect uncompressed audio.. why not just use a decoder on the machine? -like the PS3 does?
That's easier said than done on an HTPC from what I've seen. Most on-the-fly decoders mess something up. For example, some will downmix to 5.1, others only allow a max of 16 bits, some up to 48khz, some just extract the core DTS track, some work with one codec and not the other, it's ridiculous. The PS3 would work, but at least with my setup it it less than reliable. I just like having a dedicated HTPC so I never have to worry about what format my media is in. About the only solution I have found is the Asus Xonar HDAV card, and even that seems to limit to 16 bits. I suppose I will just have to wait until I fork over the cash for a new receiver and then re-rip the library. I can't really complain. For the price this has been one awesome receiver.