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Old 01-20-2009, 11:03 PM
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Default HD-A3, will it decode DTS-HD?

I'm thinking about upgrading to a low-end HDMI audio pass-through receiver, but I'm trying to find out if I'd be okay with a pass-through rather than a repeater.

For my BluRay, I have a ps3 which decodes darn near everything. But I've got my HD-A3 which, from what I understand, decode DTS-MA/HD and pass that through so that a receiver will get it and pass it straight out to the speakers.

The receiver I'm looking at is

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/pro...099881&catid=#

Since it can't do the decoding, I just want to make sure the HD-A3 can!

Thanks much in advance!!
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:26 PM
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the HD-A3 won't decode dts-ma/HD, it will decode truehd, dd+,dd and dts.
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The A3 player will not decode the full resolution of the newer DTS codecs. It will decode the DTS core (1.5Mb/sec I believe)and send it out either as bitstream or as PCM. It obviously can fully decode Dolby Digital Plus and True HD, but only send it via PCM, but not bitsteam on the HDMI connection.
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If you want DTS-HD MA with HD DVD, you need the HD-XA2 (or Onkyo/Integra clones) or the HD-A35 and then bitstream to a receiver that can decode it. Fortunately there aren't many HD DVD titles with DTS-HD MA.

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Old 01-21-2009, 02:20 PM
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If you want DTS-HD MA with HD DVD, you need the HD-XA2 (or Onkyo/Integra clones) or the HD-A35 and then bitstream to a receiver that can decode it. Fortunately there aren't many HD DVD titles with DTS-HD MA.

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I have quite a few, although I don't think any domestic releases have them.
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Old 01-21-2009, 02:41 PM
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You know what I just realized?

I don't have the A3, I have the A2.

Now, does that make a difference? The manual is confusion to say the least.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:32 PM
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You know what I just realized?

I don't have the A3, I have the A2.

Now, does that make a difference? The manual is confusion to say the least.

No difference in how those two players handle DTS-HD.

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:34 PM
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I have quite a few, although I don't think any domestic releases have them.
I have a couple of imports with DTS-HD MA and I think I have seen a list of 20 or so that use it. I don't consider that many but obviously it would be nice to be able to handle it if you do have some of them. Considering the lack of handling by the hardware, it shouldn't have been used at all in my opinion.

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Old 01-28-2009, 01:13 PM
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Pans Labyrinth is the only DTS HD domestic release I can think of. As much as I'd really like to be able to enjoy the DTS codecs (I don't have a player that can decide or pass the codecs), I think the 1.5mbs dts core is still pretty good, and acceptable to listen to on the imports I own that use the dts codecs. A lot of the dd+ encodes are done around 600k, so my thought is that the core dts is sometimes superior to dd+ tracks. At least if you believe bitrate to be an indicator of quality.
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