Anyone have the HD-A2 and a Harman Kardon HDMI receiver?

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I had posted this question as part of another discussion but figured I start a new thread. I just picked up my new HD-A2 yesterday and hooked it up to my HK335 receiver through the TOS link. The receiver shows 'DTS' when it is connected through the optical cable.

It also shows DTS when my HD-A1 is connected to the same receiver through coax. (I can't remember if is showed Digital/DTS or just DTS...)

Anyhow those of you that have the Harman Kardon with HDMI inputs and the HD-A2 ... Do you need a separate connection for the audio through optical?? I am wondering about the HK receivers in particular. Not other receivers with HDMI.
 

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According the information freely available
on Harmon Kardon's website, the AVR-645 and AVR-745 support digital bitstream and linear PCM audio over HDMI. Either receiver *should* handle decoded Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus multichannel output from the HD-A2. I'm sure a quick call to their support number would answer the question decisively.
 

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Tech support usually means stay on hold for 45 mins ...but I was very impressed with HK. I sent them an email and got a reply the same day.

Here is what they said...

"The sound may be better if you go from an AVR335 to a AVR645, but it
would be due to new features, more power and better EZSet EQ features.
There will not be any difference in sonic quality between Optical and
HDMI. Digital is digital, both signals are the same."
 

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Then they didn't understand your question. They're talking about bitstream audio, not linear PCM. Since the *player* must decode DD+ and TrueHD audio the question is: do their HDMI receivers support 5.1 channel LINEAR PCM AUDIO over HDMI?
 

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Thanks Doug. I have sent them another email for clarification. I appreciate your help. I would like to be sure before I spend over $1K on a new HK HDMI receiver.
 

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Finally heard back from HK support. Here is what they say...

"I am very sorry but our receivers do not support multi-channel Linear PCM at this time."

That's just great!
I thought Harman Kardon made some of the best receivers out there. What's the point of providing a HDMI output if you still have to connect a separate cable for audio. I thought the whole point of HDMI was a single cable connection...
 

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