Yes, you are right in the case of HD DVD, but not bluray. Secondly I don't really want my audio transcoded from one format to another. This combo player does not support Dts-HDMA being offered on Fox's bluray movies, which makes it useless to me.If the player decodes the advanced audio codec then all you need is HDMI 1.1 to transport the decoded to multichannel linear PCM to the AVR. Most all HD DVD discs use Advanced Authoring which requires the player to decode so the button sounds and commentary audio can be mixed in. With this case the HDMI 1.3 capability to transport raw bitstream of the new audio codecs does not help or do anything.
You are correct, bluray does not support Dolby Digital plus, but it does support Dolby Digital core at its highest data rate, which so happens to be the same data rate that Warner ports to DD+ on HD DVD titles(640kbps). However, what it does have, and chooses to emphasize is uncompressed PCM audio which is far better than any loseless codec. Bluray doesn't need Dolby TruHD nor DD+. It has the capacity to use uncompressed PCM at the studio convience, so I would not hold the lack of advance codecs against them.Sonnie,
I love my HD-DVD. I don't even own a BD player or movies or a PS3. And I'm not a sony fan. But I have to say, I think BD is going to win the war, and this saddens me greatly, because I don't think it's a better format, much like VHS wasn't better than Beta nor LaserDisk, and the original Xbox was better than the PS2. I've picked up BD titles and most don't even have Dolby Digital plus, let alone true HD. (And if you haven't tried the in movie commentaries, you're missing out!)
I'm doing my part to try and make HD-DVD win - at best buy I interrupted a salesman pitching Blu-Ray to talk up HD-DVD. I've steped up the pace on buying HD-DVD software in hopes it might make a difference.
But I'm being realistic about what I see in the market place.
Did you miss the announcement of a WinCE/Broadcom SoC reference design (and hardware demo'd in CES private suite rooms by MS and Broadcom) to be used by chinese manufacturers for HD DVD players due in the 2d quarter (April - June 07)? When the user can go to Walmart and get a player for $299 (July?) then a bit later in the year for $199 magic price points -- everything changes. When it happened for DVD, that is when it really took off. The current MSRP $499 price point is not going to last long. Right now you don't have to look hard to get a HD-A2 for $450 -- even some reports of $399. No such discounts yet for the PS3. Then also for 10.4 million Xbox 360 users there is the $199 (list) HD DVD player add-on.the BD players IMHO are $500 with a PS3 thrown in as a free bonus.