I have tried to search and in fact found some metion of this in other threads (as well as this one) but I guess I'm just thick. I remain confused about the A3 and its handling of the new HD Audio formats. Maybe I'm just confusing it because I (think that I) understand how this works in my Sony BDP-S350, or maybe it's written in a confusing manner. From the owner's manual for a receiver connected via HDMI and that can decode everything internally (like my Onkyo TX-SR875), I should:
Select one of the followings according to your connection, and press OK.
When an HDMI device equipped with built-in Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG or linear PCM
decoder is connected to this player.
When you play a disc recorded in Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD, PCM is output (core only
When you play a disc recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS format, digital audio signal (bitstream audio) is
output. If a connected HDMI device does not support Dolby Digital, DTS or MPEG, sound is converted
into linear PCM to output.
When an HDMI device which has multi channel input is connected to this player.
When you play an HD DVD or DVD video disc recorded in multi channel in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital
Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS or DTS-HD format, the sound is decoded and output in multi channel in linear
For the NON-HD Audio formats, I understand that the player will output bitstream data in "Auto" and decoded multichannel PCM in "PCM" - which gives me a better result? I would imagine using Onkyo's decoder with the "Auto" setting.
For the HD Audio sources, however, it looks like NEITHER Dolby TreuHD nor DTS HD will be bitstreamed, so I cannot use the Onkyo's decoder, correct?
As I read it, if I select "AUTO", the A3 will decode Dolby TrueHD but only the "Core" from DTS HD and output these as Multichannel PCM.
If I select "PCM", the A3 will decode BOTH Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD and output them as multichannel PCM.
So I can only get the lossless HD Audio streams using the A3's internal decoder, and in "Auto" I can only get lossless audio via PCM for Dolby True HD but not the DTS HD while in "PCM" I get lossless audio PCM streams for both?
It seems illogical. Anybody help?