I picked up the WD TV Live Plus and started testing it to see if it would suit my needs (Netflix, USB HDD files and Network)- but I am surprised to learn that files (M2TS) with TrueHD tracks are unsupported-
The same files playback fine from my PC to receiver (Denon AVR591) but no sound through WD TV LIVE PLUS- I see the audio channels in the menu for the WD TV and the first channel (there is only one since I removed the others) is labeled correctly as TrueHD but no sound- therefore those of you who think you are playing back TrueHD you are not, you probably have the AC3 or DD track (channel 2) defaulting or something- I wouldn’t know for sure because I removed that one- Thus my conclusion is that WD TV Live Plus doesn’t support even passing through TrueHD. And yes, my receiver automatically determines the best audio and decodes it- worked like a charm from PC and PS3.
So I am probably going to be looking into Blu-Ray players with USBs to see if they can achieve this because if you have heard a TrueHD track (Transformers and even Pineapple Express surprisingly) then you know why it is worth it. WD TV Live Plus would be good for direct to tv setups, car maybe, and for portability but gotta say I’m not even that impressed with the picture quality as compared to my PC using Power DVD 10.
Unless of course someone can tell me a work around to get the TrueHD to at least passthrough to my AMP.