Please Please Please can you add DTS-MA passthrough to your new WDTV Live device/s, this would be an awesome feature for people who have decent amps so they can enjoy loseless audio.
Evidently things changed.
It's true, only a few BDAudio ISOs get DTSHD MA pass-through to the receiver. I detected this only on the latest firmware (1.03.10), the first firmwares didn't have this enabled.
The Live gen1 only pass DTS core for all BDA ISOs I have.
I will check later the BDA ISOs that work.
With this ISO's (BDA - bluray disc audio), DTSHD-MA passes-through to the receiver:
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I detected a pattern, DTSHD-MA only works with ISO's that have bluray menu (all the other ISO's I have without bluray menu, do not work).
Heh, like Tony I'm sure WD will shoot this down but it gets my vote.
The licensing issue is a total farce. Every other media streamer has this feature.
WD need to "accidentally" enable this in a future update and simply never mention it in the official docs..
My old media streamer, Seagate FreeAgent Theater+, had a nice option in the audio settings which was HDMI audio could be set to RAW pass-through. I agree with the post above by schj98 that I could understand if the WDTV SMP was doing the decoding then there is an issue but, if someone already has an AV receiver capable of decoding DTS-MA why not allow an option in the settings to pass-through the audio in RAW format and let the AV receiver handle decoding???
That is entirely unacceptable.
WD: every single other company designing media players around these same Sigma chipsets allows DTS-MA pass-through, at the very, very least. Some decode. I know for a fact that many of these manufacturers do NOT have DTS licenses for Blu-Ray players. I worked with two of them on their sales and marketing campaigns in Europe.
Get it worked out. The WDTV community has been asking for this for four years! Why do you ignore the community's requests?
At the very least, allow pass-through to our DTS-MA decoding AVRs. That requires NO LICENSING, per the DTS Group's contractual stipulations that I've seen.
I have been a long time user and advocate of your media player products. However, if the next gen box does not support DTS-HD audio I will not be purchasing it or recommending it to others regardless of it's other features or price.
If it's a licencing issue like you say then get the licence and charge more for the unit. Price wouldn't matter to me if it has full functionality.
Just letting you know that you have potential to loose your loyal users by not implementing industry standard functionality that other companies have no issue with...
jchen, would you care to comment on why other manufacturers get their players to output DTS-MA but yours doesn't?
If is, to say the least, massively frustrating when you say "...this is still prohibited by the DTS licensing group," but then other manufacturers don't appear to feel it's prohibited.
And unless we've all missed something, they're not all having legal action taken against them by DTS.
And we don't know why there's this apparent difference.
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