Originally Posted by Ian_S
How do insiders for both formats feel about the current 'gold-rush' to decoding HD audio, especially DTS-HD MA, externally as opposed to in-player?
Do you feel people are simply following old DVD habits, where normally decoding was best done outside the player?
Even Toshiba have added HD bitstream support on capable models, yet bitstream audio and in-movie interactivity are incompatible aren't they?
In-player or in-AVR, that is the choice. As Amir pointed out elsewhere, another alternative is the HTiB, where the player and AVR live under one roof. No HDMI in between--just an output for the video to the display. Cost is reduced by eliminating redundancy of power supplies, metal boxes/front panels, and audio/video decoding and scaling/processing chips.
Ok, we perfectionists don't want whirring optical drives inside our audio/video processors. The X-Box 360 example lights the way to the fourth solution. Put the optical drive in its own box and just pull the entire transport stream thru the cable, undecoded and within the secure container. All the cost benefits of the HTiB plus higher performance potential than current 2-box solutions--and if done right, a much easier product for normal people to operate.
And hey, that external drive port could connect to a multi-disc drive or a network drive, too, allowing all your media navigation to be handled from your "AVR" remote. Both of these solutions allows easy access to all interactive features, so no one is forced to make a choice or to suffer switching playback from the AVR to the player each time.
So how about some AVRs with a Broadcom chip inside?