Originally Posted by pobff
I hope it's true too. The CSR I talked to won't say whether it WILL or WILL NOT address the TrueHD issue with multichannel, all he said was it's not a requirement per the specs (since it's only required up to 2 channels) and it'll depend on resources.
I just can't accept that. I have never seen ANYTHING from Dolby or Samsung that defines "TrueHD" support as requiring only 2 channel output. This seems to be the party line that Samsung has settled on, but I've never read any official documentation that would support this idea. A lot of people seem to simply be accepting this, but I am not.
In fact, based on how the Dolby site DOES define TrueHD -- i.e. that it is "bit-for-bit identical to the studio master" -- I'd say that unless a product specifically states that it only outputs the 2 channel "subset" of TrueHD, it has to in fact deliver the full, multichannel soundtrack. This is the ONLY way that it can claim that it's "bit-for-bit identical to the studio master," which once again is how Dolby defines the format. As I've said before, if Samsung had stated in the official specs that the unit only supports 2 channel output from TrueHD sources, they would have a case. Instead, however, the only reference to this is buried in the manual, while the official specs on the site CONTINUE to simply state "TrueHD" support.
Again, I don' think this will end up being a problem. I still think that the unit will end up supporting TrueHD, but if this does not happen, I will NOT accept this idea that 2 channels is "all that's required." They could make the same argument for mono output, which would be equally unacceptable.