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Old 07-01-2008   #49
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Aye Aye Cap'n!

I think it is really tough right now as we truly don't know what the standard will be.

IF Blu-ray and HD DVD came out and said ALL audio will be sent via bitstream to the receiver/pre/pro or analog only, then it would be easier.

As it is, I have players and processors that each vary in what they output and receive, making this very difficult even for a true early adopter like me!
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By that rationale, it doesn't matter if you have a world-class power supply, hand-picked parts, a chassis that is completely resonance-free and made of aluminum, and an engineering staff that is one of the best in the world and dedicated to true high-end performance....so long as you can decode TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio, eh? I am not saying it would not be nice if all the high-end stuff could incorporate the latest features into their products....
If only they incorporated the latest features that takes audio to an other level they would be the best in the world.

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I don't think it's shipped yet, but should very soon, may even be out.

Yep, they did go with HDMI 1.1, so to get the new codecs, you'll need a player that can pass them as LPCM.... This is part of the issue I see with this piece. We still haven'

t settled on HOW these new codecs will be sent to pre/pros and receivers. Many are going to bitstream, but some cling to PCM. If sometime down the road, it becomes bitstream, then you might find it hard to get a Blu-ray player to go with this piece. Sorry, just my inherent paranoia and uncertainty in this ever changing market...
Sorry they say it is shipping ! but I do'nt know to who !!!!!
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By that rationale, it doesn't matter if you have a world-class power supply, hand-picked parts, a chassis that is completely resonance-free and made of aluminum, and an engineering staff that is one of the best in the world and dedicated to true high-end performance....so long as you can decode TrueHD & DTS-HD Master Audio, eh?

I am not saying it would not be nice if all the high-end stuff could incorporate the latest features into their products....
What I`m saying here captain, and kenny knows were I`m coming from is, Meridian, Mark Levinson, Classe, etc. make great pieces of gear. However, they almost always seem to lag behind when it comes to the latest that YOU NEED for your system to sound and provide what is best.

I have a real issue with that. You wanna be the best, charge the price for it, then don`t give me any excuses. And I have heard the rationale. Sure, maybe the new Denon pieces and the Integra do not have that last or nnnnnnnnnnth degree of sound, but as kenny and Andrew can testify, the sound is real good, and your in Blu-Ray heaven today!!

Also, this is not the first time these companies are on the outside looking in. Even our receiver brethren this time around, have the codecs.

No, I`m sorry, step up and be complete. At these price levels, there should no compromises.
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If only they incorporated the latest features that takes audio to an other level they would be the best in the world.
The ML 502 will accept PCM so it will decode the new codecs, just not from bitstream.... This is my complaint about the new format, we still don't have it's interface standardized!!!
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Are you still talking about a BROCHURE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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