This was one of the new updates that wasn’t mentioned when the console was announced, but the console finally will be able to bitstream high definition audio to HD-capable receivers. This was something that I was hoping for when the original design came out, but it was only able to encode high definition audio sources through PCM 5.1 and 7.1 (which still sounded great). Apparently, the older model was incapable of it because the HDMI chip wasn’t compatible, hence why it had to encode it internally and send it through LPCM, so this wouldn’t even be possible with a firmware update. Shucks. In any case, the PS3 Slim is, indeed, able to decode truly lossless audio, so if you have a high end A/V receiver, you’ll finally be able to see those DTS-HD and TrueHD lights to shine! Before, with going through LPCM, there was always that chance that your audio equipment would interfere with that signal, causing some jittering and whatnot, but since it will now allow your HD receiver to decode it, you wouldn’t have to worry about it. Origin of news came from Engadget who, in turn, got it from a Japanese site.
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