Thanks so much for your help, Grommet; you have definitely shed some light on this for me. Let me ask a few more things with regard to your replies...The parts to extend DTS into Lossless ("Master Audio") are simply ignored in your config. Pretend it doesn't exist and the disc only has DTS.
Okay, so the "DTS HD" audio output setting on the player COULD be set to "BITSTREAM" because these tracks can be "seen" as a normal, bitstreamed DTS mix to my receiver?So, it shouldn't make a difference. One way, your BD player decodes the 1.5 Mbps "core" DTS into multi-channel PCM... the other way, it passes the 1.5 Mbps "core" DTS to your receiver for decoding.
Okay -- that's EXACTLY what I wanted to know...thank you...EITHER WAY, I'm simply getting just the core DTS signal, so, to me, the BITSTREAMED DTS core sounds better...thank you for clearing this up for me.If everything is set identically (levels, processing, etc.), there should be no discernible difference.
Well, to be perfectly honest, I have been having a NIGHTMARE of a time with uncompressed PCM and Dolby TrueHD PCM tracks and how they are sent to my Onkyo and how they are processed there; this nightmare can be documented in any of the multiple threads I started about this on this forum, if you look...basically, my receiver is doing some funky trickery with these PCM signals over HDMI, where when I play the uncompressed or PCM'ed TrueHD tracks, there is a definite lack of bass and an underwhelming lack of "punch" to these mixes, compared to the lossy bitstreamed Dolby and DTS tracks I send from the same player; and so, to reply to your above comment, I think I AM perceiving a discernible difference in audio output, so I will leave the DTS HD setting on BITSTREAM for playback of these extracted core DTS signals from Master Audio tracks...
Let me ask you this, though: why is the "DTS-HD" audio output setting on my Panasonic player affecting the DTS Master Audio tracks when they're played? And why, when I press my player's onscreen status menu button and the current soundtrack being played is displayed, does the status read "DTS-HD MULTI" when I play back a Master Audio track? Why is the player reading a DTS HD soundtrack when, well, the Master Audio is being downrezed into a standard DTS core signal? Shouldn't it read "DTS MULTI" or "DTS 3/2.1ch" instead of reading "DTS-HD MULTI"?
Thanks for all your help with this; I appreciate it. You have definitely helped clear some things up for me. AMPLIFICATION/PROCESSING:
Onboard Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, DTS HD Master Audio; HDMI 1.3a
Panasonic DMP-BD10A Blu-ray Disc Player
marantz CC-67 5-Disc Compact Disc Changer
marantz DR700 Compact Disc Recorder
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SONY 50" SXRD Rear Projection
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