So the HD-A2 has HDMI 1.3??? I thought the decoding of TrueHD(on the receiver end) can only be done when both the player and receiver has HDMI1.3... I cant find anythere on toshibas website or in the HD-A2 manual that the HDMI is v1.3...
From the "Official" "Why you don't need HDMI 1.3" thread:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=789994
In the alternative, if the decoding is to be done in the RECEIVER, then you need to get the still-encoded "bitstream" -- the original, packed TrueHD or DTS-HD MA data -- over into the receiver. And THAT requires HDMI V1.3 or higher on both ends. But beware, that, once again, the ability to pass these new, "lossless" bitstreams is an *OPTIONAL* feature of HDMI V1.3. As it turns out, there are only a scant few players out there now that implement HDMI V1.3, and, as of today, *NONE OF THEM* actually implement passing these bitstreams to HDMI V1.3 receivers. This, of course, will change over time.
Once the bitstream gets into the receiver, and presuming the receiver has the right decoder, the bitstream will be decoded into PCM. This is THE SAME PCM as the player might produce. So there's really no difference. Either the player produces the PCM and transfers it to the receiver over HDMI (V1.1 or higher) or the player passes the bitstream to the receiver over HDMI (V1.3 of higher) and the receiver produces the IDENTICALLY SAME PCM.