Dolby True HD and DTS HD receivers, when?

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  1. Seth=L

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    I been looking around on the net for a sign of receivers that can decode the new HD formats via HDMI 1.3. I can't find anything, not on the manufacteres websites or well anywhere. Is there some underlying issue with HDMI 1.3 that is preventing it from being used in receivers or processors? I noticed the Toshiba HD-DVD HD-A1 has only a six channel out. I was under the impression the HD-DVD movies would soon be encoded with 7.1. This makes the on board decoders of the Toshiba not ready for the future, is there a reason why they did this?

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  2. Alon Goldberg

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    http://www.hdmi.org/resourcecenter/hdmi_1_3_faq.asp

    "According to announcements by manufacturers, new high-definition DVD formats (HD-DVD and Blu-ray) and game machines (including the Sony PLAYSTATION® 3) will make use of capabilities added in HDMI 1.3. Digital televisions will be able to present images that are closer to real life than previously has been possible. These will include LCD TVs, plasma displays and rear projection microdisplays. The PS3 which is scheduled to ship in November 2006, will be the first source product to provide such high quality imagery to these displays. It is expected that hi-def DVD players will follow early in 2007 with HDMI 1.3 support. A/V Receivers that can decode DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD will start to show up early in 2007 as well. Please check with the manufacturers for details."
     
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    cool!
     
  4. BrettisMckinney

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    Do you think that the HD-DVD players themselves will have capabilties to decode DolbyTrue HD/DTS HD 5.1? I seriously cant hold of buying a receiver, so if I can use analogue outputs via the HD-player, then im only missing out on HDMI 1.3 right?
     
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    No - you're stuck with the bass management in the player or what can be done with the analog inputs of your receiver. If these are OK for you then you are fine. Some receivers don't have bass management thru the analog inputs.
     
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    Ah ok. I've actually never used my analoge inputs, only used Optical and Coax. So if i can set crossover etc through analog it will be ok?..is that what you mean?
     
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    Yes - the player probably with have some basic bass management. Some rec'rs have bass management over the analog inputs. As long as those suit your needs it will work. The other advantage of going HDMI 1.3 is that by going analog you're probably going thru an extra analog to digital conversion. Not sure what, if any, impact it will have on sound quality and if you're getting that set-up w/o the ability to do HDMI you won't have that comparison opportunity.
     
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    So there's no chance of having any before Christmas? I really wanted to have my home theater setup by then. What exactly does early 2007 mean? I've been waiting since early this year to get it. Once this new format or whatever is out, will that be the last thing I'll have to wait for for a long time?
     
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    Does anyone know if the new Dolby formats will ever be available on over the air HD broadcasts? I know I'd need a new box, but Bright House is pretty good with keeping up with the latest technologies.
     
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    I would not hold my breath for Dolby True HD to be avaiable on over the air broadcast, cable or dish. And I believe its a matter of bandwith that they will not be offering something like Dolby True HD. Plus I believe that would mean the cable companies and dish companies would have to make compatible set top boxes for the newer formats.

    I am hearing that new recievers could be out as early as the end of the year and as late as the end of next year. From emails that I have recieved so far it sounds like companies like Adcom and Marantz might be putting out product with those new formats in mind. Denon looks like they are taking a wait and see approach to offering the new surround formats in there product. If Denon is smart they will offer these decoding options before other companies cash in way before they think about doing it.

    I am planning on recievers to be available by the end of the year and I hope there is a good selection of brands to choose from. I will be upgrading and replacing my current Yamaha RX-V995 that is being used in my HT system. I am considering companies like Adcom, Rotel, Pioneer Elite and Denon if they get of there rears and make a reciever with the new formats included.
     
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    FYI - Denon and Marantz are both owned by D&M Holdings, and share many technologies. It's very likely that they will both release receivers with DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD around the same time..
     
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    I hope you are right about that as I really do like the product that Denon puts out. I remember that at one time both Denon and Yamaha had the same company stamped on the back of there hardware (Nipon Electric).

    This is Denon's response to me asking if they would be offering any of the new surround formats in there products.

    Denon
    "We are still looking into it maybe sometime down the road."

    Marantz
    " We are in the process of launching an entirely new line of products in
    Sept. None of those will include DTS HD or DD HD as the chipsets are
    not available. Those surround formats would happen in the new HD/Blu
    Ray DVD players and then hook up to the Marantz via 7.1 channel analog
    input."

    Adcom
    " Cirrus has just released engineering samples of the next generation
    DSP's for use in surround processors and AV receivers that will auto
    detect and decode the new formats you mention. Typical development on a
    new DSP platform can vary greatly due to resources to write the code and
    do the hardware engineering. Large tier 1 companies will likely have
    the products before premium brands like ADCOM. The exception would be
    "premium" brands that source their products from Asian OEM/ODM's. ADCOM
    does it's engineering in-house and does not re-brand any receivers or
    surround processors. To venture a guess I might say tier 1 will have
    goods available mid-2007 and other folks somewhere around 14-months to
    24-months out. But that's a very much speculation. There are too many
    variables."

    I have not gotten a response from Yamaha yet and I am hoping to hear from them soon. And Sony for get them its painfull trying to get information from them at all. And here is something that makes me wonder if Adcom uses Cirrus chips has just released engineering samples of the next generation DSP's. I am wondering why Marantz did not mention this in there response as they to use Cirrus chips?
     
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    What about firmware upgrades for current high end receivers and processors? Are the processor chip sets in the newer receivers and processors capable of decoding these formats with just a firmware uprade or do they need hardware?

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