Originally Posted by catapult
Sorry, I didn't catch that before I made my smarta$$ comment. That's a problem because in a perfect world the player wants to do an HDMI handshake with the display. Some of the other brands can get it to work one way or another without an HDMI display turned on (say play music without turning on the projector) but it's iffy.
The PS3 does not need to do a handshake with the display device. It needs to do a handshake with the Receiver. The NAD application engineer indicated to me that this was supported by the NAD and certainly the NAD source setup would seem to indicate that it should be. People seem to believe that HDMI requires a display. This is not the case, it is quite capable of delivering HD audio only. that is why the M stands for multimedia.
There is no technical restrictions to using the HDMI link for just audio, as the pioneer elite has proven. It is my hope that NAD fix this or change the source setup so that you can not specify HDMI as an Audio source without specifing it as a video source.
What was frustrating about my experience with NAD was without an HDMI display, I had no way to know what was working and what wasn't, I spent many hours trying to get something to work that I was told would work but in fact did not. There are many people with HDTVs with component only input who would like this feature so they can access the hidef sound standards.
As for Sony they are moving much more to open standards, the last few years have seen a shift in the corporations thinking. Even there walkmans no longer support atrac but rather microsoft's playforsure which ironically microsoft has just killed in an attempt to help leverage there Vista platform.
Microsoft is one of the most obnoxious corporations on the planet bar none. Many in the tech sector feel that way. I'm sure many in the audio business feel the same about Sony, however I'm not sure why it is such a problem for Sony to push their own formats and interworking with their own products. If you don't like it, do what I do move on and buy something else.