Originally Posted by Zygon
What does "pass the formats through to a downstream sink which can" mean?
Can you give me an example?
HDMI terminology--a device which transmits a media stream is called a "source" and a device which consumes a media stream (processes it for display or audio playback) is called a "sink". The direction from which content is flowing is "upstream" and to which it is flowing is "downstream".
I have no idea how you use an HDMI AVR which pass-through a format. Many AVRs with HDMI inputs can't play any HDMI sound at all (useless
) and pass every sound format through untouched. This one can play the "standard definition" encoded surround formats (4 Dolby and 4 DTS formats, including DD 5.1, but not WMA Pro). I'm assuming that it will also process multi-channel Linear PCM from HDMI, though nothing I can find explicitly says that it can. Something I read said that it that it did HDMI pass-through for DD+ and the lossless formats, but it might have been an e-tailer's blurb for the product--I can't find anything at Samsung's site that says that it does. Pass-through would just mean that those sound formats would pass untouched to a device connected to its HDMI output. I have no idea how that could possibly be useful. Googling it, I found a lot of conflicting information, but Samsung's page on it
explicitly says that it can't play those formats.
There has to be a thread on that HTiB on AVS Forum someplace--hunt it down and ask about it there.