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Is Analog 5.1 Audio On the XA2 Still A Problem

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I am really close to taking the leap into High Def but need clarification on one last point before the final mouse click. Since I do not have a pre/pro with HDMI inputs, but I do have one with analog 5.1, I have concluded that the AX2 is probably the best choice for me since I could playback the new audio formats thru the analog inputs. However, in reading reviews about this unit I came across a disturbing finding, to wit:

"It turns out that the low bass is a symptom of defective speaker and bass management controls inside the player's audio decoder. For viewers (like myself) with small main speakers who rely on the decoder to redirect bass from other channels to the subwoofer, the player wasn't making any adjustments no matter what settings were entered. Likewise, if an owner had no center channel and needed the dialogue redirected to the left and right front channels, that wasn't working either. As a result, only viewers with a complete set of full-range large speakers were hearing movie soundtracks properly.

Thanks to the thorough testing of AVSForum members MauneyM and others, it has been discovered that changing the "Digital Out SPDIF" setting in the player from Bitstream to PCM re-enables bass and speaker management over the analog audio connections. No, this doesn't make logical sense, as that setting should have no effect on the analog output. Nevertheless, users with small main speakers will find bass restored to the subwoofer channel as desired, with the caveat that ideally a 15 dB bass boost should be applied at the receiver, rather than the expected 10 dB.

The downside to this workaround is that, if you were actually expecting to use the SPDIF output to transmit a digital bitstream for some applications, you'll need to manually adjust that setting each time. There's no clear explanation for why the SPDIF setting would affect the speaker management controls for the analog output, and hopefully Toshiba will continue to work on this problem in future firmware updates."

Has this audio problem been fixed by some of the lateset FW updates? Is so the unit will be in the mail following confirmation.
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I believe this was fixed with 1.6. I have no problems. There is a detailed explanation of this if you do some searching.
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Has this audio problem been fixed by some of the lateset FW updates? Is so the unit will be in the mail following confirmation.

The issue has not been completely fixed, but the workaround described in the text you quoted still works.
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