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post #21 of 24 Old 09-25-06, 08:54 PM
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Re: HD DVD 2.0 firmware(Officially released); enables TrueHD 5.1

I got part # HDVD2001 update disc in the mail today (with the correct instructions for use). Nice to have, but not critical since I did firmware 2.0 updates twice. Once with leaked, and (after reverting all the way down to 1.3 fw) again via ethernet. I'll wait for the next update (hopefully with dts-HD Master Audio lossless ).

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Re: HD DVD 2.0 firmware(Officially released); enables TrueHD 5.1

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I got part # HDVD2001 update disc in the mail today (with the correct instructions for use). Nice to have, but not critical since I did firmware 2.0 updates twice. Once with leaked, and (after reverting all the way down to 1.3 fw) again via ethernet. I'll wait for the next update (hopefully with dts-HD Master Audio lossless ).

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huh? I thought you could not back off 2.0 once it was installed? Or is that what you are saying by twice, that you had to put 2.0 on a second time because it would not work when you reverted?

Anyway what problems were you having with 2.0 that you backed it down anyway?

Also how much of a difference do you think DTS-HD is going to make above TrueHD?

Good to hear the disks are out though, just in time for me... The only issues I've heard of are with DVI to HDMI and I'm not using DVI.


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huh? I thought you could not back off 2.0 once it was installed? Or is that what you are saying by twice, that you had to put 2.0 on a second time because it would not work when you reverted?

Anyway what problems were you having with 2.0 that you backed it down anyway?

Also how much of a difference do you think DTS-HD is going to make above TrueHD?
No problems with the leaked 2.0 fw -- just doing some "dangerous" playing after the 2.0 fw became available via ethernet.

I could not play HD DVD's (but SD DVDs and CDs played) when I downgraded to 1.4 fw with a 1.4 fw update disc from the leaked 2.0 fw. Then I could not also do the ethernet update to get back to 2.0. So I used a 1.3 fw update disc and then I was able to do the ethernet update to get back up to 2.0 fw. Warning DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

Anyway been enjoying 5.1 Dolby Digital TrueHD with POTO using the Toshiba's 5.1 analog outputs. It seems that low level audio passages are a bit more spacious and have better sound localization. A very subtle difference over the Warner 640 kbps DD+ track. Menu button response may be a bit snappier . I've had no problems at all, but understand that I am using component video since the HDMI connector is broken on my display. So no colorspace, BTB, or WTW issues. 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio lossless should behave performance wise identical to 5.1 DD TrueHD lossless. The only interesting thing may be the amount of space and bandwidth (bps) used.

Those who have HDMI 1.1 audio capable AVR/PrePro's really should do an HDMI connection from the HD DVD player to the AVR and then on to the display. So with 7.1 speakers you can apply DD PLIIx to drive the rear channels even with only 5.1 decoded by the HD DVD player. Plus have AVR bass management, room equalization, and audio delay control. I will eventually need to upgrade my cheapie Panasonic SA-HE70 AVR to some type of 7.1 HDMI 1.? capable AVR/Pre-Pro.

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Re: HD DVD 2.0 firmware(Officially released); enables TrueHD 5.1

Finally installed the 2.0 firmware. My audio is still connected by optical so I guess I aint taken advantage of the TrueHD till I get analog cables eh? I did notice that after installing the firmware that the volume had drastically dropped. I was previously keeping the receiver volume around -15 to -20. Now i'm running at like -5 to +5 for the main volume.


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