No... "Native" just plays the audio track without any upmixing by the bar, much as you expected it to. So 5.1 DTS audio is just 5.1 channel audio with no fancy stuff happening. Sometimes that's fine depending on the title and on individual taste. Personally, I watch plenty of old movies and strongly prefer Native mode for mono or stereo audio, leaving the rears silent. For post-2000 films I go with Dolby Surround or NeuralX. 80's/90's films with 5.1 audio (sometimes revisionist upmixes) are iffy. I usually go with DSurround/NeuralX for starters, but about 25% of the time it just doesn't sound right - typically because the dialogue sounds odd and fuzzy. In such cases, Native often sounds better.[/QUOTE]
That is what I assumed too...However, according to Nakamichi's website or manual (I can't remember where I read it at the moment) "Native" is supposed to be used for music or bluetooth...If I leave the Pure Direct setting on Native and try to watch directv the volume is inconsistent, voices are hollow and soft, music is loud and overpowering. Using Dolby Surround sounds the way you would expect.
Sony 75xZ9D connected to Panasonic UB820 and Nakamichi Shockwafe 7.1 Pro Atmos
Sony 75x940e (Returned :-( bad motion blur)
Sony 75x900e, Sony 75x940d, Sony 55x930d, 55x810c, Sony 55x850c (All retired)