Originally Posted by mr.kludge
Apparently some hardware can blow through the dropouts with no issues. I.E. if you use internal decode with the 5k. Did you try having your Sony do the decode? It's been a while, but I think I did verify that when you use internal decode and play a 7.1 DDTHD disc in the 5k that you actually do get 7.1 channels out of PCM. One theory would be that it really is not decoding DDTHD and just the DD track, only way to verify would be to play a 7.1 DDTHD disc and verify that there is sound coming out of all channels. Anyhow that would make sense since the DDTHD decode firmware on the Sammy is quite a bit newer than the code on my Denon AVR. Presumably the issue might be correctable there or on the player?
Anyhow, you might try with either the 5k or the Sony with internal decode and report back.
Unfortunately my Samsung is now in another room and is not connected to an A/V receiver... so I can't verify audio dropouts on it anymore since they never seem to happen when you are going with the lesser audio tracks to the HDTV built-in speakers.
My understanding (though I didn't try it) was that switching to internal decoding did make the problems go away. Total Recall is also "only" a 5.1 TrueHD track, so I'll have to dig up a 7.1 one to see if the internal decode still goes to 7.1 PCM after internal decoding. I too never heard for sure if anyone could verify what the internal decode actually uses.
FYI, I'm still using my Sony STR-DH800 A/V receiver with my now Sony Blu-ray player... so when a Sony movie has audio playback issues on a Sony Blu-ray player connected to a Sony A/V receiver... it gets harder for them to pass the buck