Originally Posted by hifiaudio2
One more q: Does the g35 support bitstreaming of those codecs, or does it encode all three to LPCM?
I believe the bitstream limitation is a software limitation, based on a lack of a secure audio path. Whether the G35 really has a "secure audio path" is unclear to me, as I'm not sure what the actual issue is (HDMI with HDCP should be secure, but apparently it's not).
So yes, you will LPCM everything over, which is identical to bitstreaming (with the additional limitation I mentioned earlier of going from 24 to 16 bits, which is audibly not noticable by most people, if anyone).
So the G45 might have something that supports a secure audio path (and therefore bitstreaming), but there is almost no information out there. Only thing I've read is that ArcSoft and Cyberlink have committed to work to make this possible.
Reality is right now that none of the software players could bitstream today even if the secure path existed.
(Also, it should be obvious, but you'll need AnyDVD HD right now if you plan to play off your hard drive.)