Originally Posted by didihala
Doesn't Pioneer BDP-95FD do that?
"The BDP-95FD features internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus audio for incredibly detailed and lossless sound quality. In addition the BDP-95FD outputs all advanced audio format bitstreams including DTS-HD Master Audio through the HDMI 1.3a output for decoding in newer AV receivers."
Although after reading this again, the second sentense does not say it decodes.
So can you please explain:
1) What's the difference between sending it bitstrem Vs decoding it (assuming the reciver already has DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, i.e., VSX-94TXH or Sony STRDA5300ES)
-- you need to generate a bitstream before you can decode it. The 95FD generates the bitstream ( only a very few players can do this today ) and some of the newer receivers and pre/pros can decode it. The alternative would be to decode the codec within 95FD itself and then pass out loseless PCM over the HDMI connection.
2) Which sounds better?
-- there should not be any difference in SQ between the two approaches
3) Can the DTS-HD Master Audio decoding be done in the future by a firmware upgrade to the player?
-- good question but I personally would not expect that to occur any time soon since Pioneer wants to selll Pio Elite receivers that can decode the bitstream :-)
4) Do you have to buy a new HDMI cable for version 1.3a to replace the existing (older) one?
-- probably not unless you have a really bad cable with a very long length...