Re: Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player Reviewed
Let me clarify this for you...
The review is not stating that the switcher will output multichannel PCM audio through the toslink or digital coaxial outputs. It is stating that the switcher is able to take the Dolby TrueHD bitstream audio and strip the high-resolution track into PCM and re-encode it as a core DTS format to pass through toslink or digital coaxial. It can also preserve the high-resolution sound formats, convert them to PCM and output them via HDMI to a receiver capable of receiving MultiCh PCM via HDMI.
The switcher part of this review is intended for those that need HDMI switching capabilities and would like to preserve the high-res formats. The review is a bit dated as now most all players have the capability to internally decode the hig-res formats and output them via HDMI to your receiver.
In the end, MultiCH PCM cannot be output via digital coaxial or toslink, only 2-channel PCM. HDMI v1.1 or higher is needed to send MultiCh PCM. HDMI 1.3 is needed to send bitstream versions of the high-res audio formats.
Hope this clarifies any misunderstandings.