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DTS HD Master Audio from PS3 |

A reader, Mike, sent me an e-mail asking me the following:

I want to be able to hear dts-hd master audio when it becomes available, which I read from the dts website can be done through an a/v receiver which doesn’t have to support hdmi, which is great. So, what type of audio cable should I use for the best sound quality? I have a 7.1 a/v receiver, so I’m ready.

That’s a really good question, Mike. So far, Sony hasn’t given us the answer. There are several ways of getting DTS HD Master audio quality from a BD movie:

1) Digitally using the DTS HD Master bitstream, passed through an HDMI 1.3 connection. Your receiver must support HDMI 1.3 and DTS HD Master. This SHOULD work with the PS3, though nothing has been announced. (Unlike Dolby True HD, which is an announced supported PS3 format.) But there are currently no receivers or pre/processors that can do this. Though some will probably come to market next year (my guess is late next year).

2) Digital PCM. The player could conceivably convert the DTS HD Master digital stream to PCM 24/192 digital, and put that out over the optical output. The receiver must support this, and frankly, I have no idea which or how many receivers do. Sony has not said anything about whether or not they’ll do this.

3) Analog breakout cables. The player could convert the DTS HD Master signal to 7.1 (or 5.1, whatever) analog audio. But the player would then also have to have 8 (or 6) analog cables coming from the multi-out port just for audio. Sony has not said anything about whether or not they’ll do this.

Sorry I don’t have better answers, but Sony hasn’t provided any information about this. Maybe if any readers know something I don’t, they could share their info!

  • Michael

    Thanks, Henning. There are a number of questions that Sony hasn’t answered to yet, so I hope they spill the beans soon…..more so than they did at the Sony event a couple of weeks ago lol.

  • matt

    It really won’t matter in my opinion. The thing with Audio equipment is the weakest link is where the problem will be. CD audio sound is as good as the human ear can hear when put through an Optical cable. That for most people is easy. The problem usually lies in the speakers or the receiver (not enough true power). As great as true audio DTS and HD DD will be, their are very few people who will actually see a difference. My speaker set-up costs me around $6000 a few years ago. I am already looking to upgrade my speakers (the quality is much better than even 5 years ago).

    Don’t worry about the new fangled sound the PS3 can output. Their really is no equipment on the market that can take advantage of it and when it does appear, we won’t be able to afford it for a few years. Towards the end of the PS3s life we might be able to take advantage of everything packed into it. Don’t get upset if you can’t. I would personally purchase an HDTV (37″ or larger) way before I would by anything else. Let the A/V junkies get the prices down for us.

  • Yeah! My receiver supports 192/24 PCM. So I should be good to go!

  • Justin

    – “Yeah! My receiver supports 192/24 PCM. So I should be good to go!” –

    Check to make sure that it’s not stereo and it supports 5.1/7.1.

  • HdDvdNet

    I have recently purchase a new receiver that supports HDMI 1.3 and it also decodes DTS-HD. Guess what, the PS3 is not able to pass bitstream at all which completly conflicts with this article. The PS3 doesnt even support HDMI 1.3.

    So much for all the Sony / Blu-ray promises….

    Whether or not a Sony rep has spoke about it the author shouldnt post informat that the console is incapable of doing.

  • Take a look at when the article was posted – before the PS3 was released. Don’t be surprised that the information is somewhat inaccurate. And anyway, I said it “should” work, not that it does! And at the end I say “Sony hasn’t provided any information about this”. So clearly, this article is conjecture.

    Also, don’t confuse HDMI 1.3 support with DTS-HD support. They don’t necessarily come hand in hand.

  • D

    You do know that optical or digital coax don’t have the bandwidth to allow DTS HD Master or DDHD right? Those are uncompressed audio formats that only HDMI or 5.1/7.1 preouts can handle.

  • Did you read my post at all?

  • hahaha