Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Toronto, Ontario
From what I've read about the level of HIRES audio on the discs that have been recently released is that only one has a Dolby-TruHD trac and it's only 2ch.
As an early adopter I'm pleased that (so far) the studios supporting both camps are not dnrezing component inputs (kiss of death) so I don't undestand why Tosh did not put 7.1 ch analog outs on their first machines for those of us whithout HDMI inputs. I doubt that the studios will allow the tranferrance of MLP lossless encoding over coax or optical input now.
In anycase its software that sells hardware and maybe the studios told Tosh that it would be a while before they would be releasing movies with 7 lossless channels.
I've been scaling film to 1080i for years now and so I've become accustomed to a pretty good picture (but quickly admit that HD-DVD blows away even cable broadcast HD), and since I already have over 300 dvd-a/sacd discs I also have experienced audio that is head an shoulders above most standard cds so for me the buying trigger would be the Audio more than the video.
Whenever I watch/listen to "Lord ofThe Rings" in DTS-ES Discrete and imagine that this is bush league compared to the Audio thats coming, I start to drool.
I'm already saving my pennies because my jump will probably include a HIRES Combination player as well as a display that is native 1080p. I got pretty excited there when my brother bought a Sony "RUBY" for about $10,000 but now that I have more time on my hands and use my present HD display for everything including PC monitor, I think the cost of bulb replacement would do me in.
I don't have the exact quote but I tend to agree with Bill Gates when he suggested that these new HIRES players will be the end of Hardware delivered Media, and if we add to that the fact that right now, all many people need is a HDMI cable to deliver it.
There's interesting times ahead.
Dyslexia,"for a cure found"