Getting TrueHD out of Toshiba HD-E1?

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  1. psf150

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    (Apologies if I'm about to ask a daft question)

    I am about to buy the HD-E1, mainly because of its HD capability and upscaling potential, and I'm on a budget! i.e picture more important than sound.

    I understand it offers TrueHD and I'm worried I won't enjoy the benefit of this. How can this be harnessed when it offers only HDMI 1.2, nor does it have 5.1 analogue outputs?

    Am I right in understanding that HDMI 1.2 does not support TrueHD?

    If the sound is piped optically, is there much of a loss in sound quality.

    (What is driving the question is that my amp does not support hdmi, but it does have optical and 5.1 inputs. Will I regret not selling a kidney in order to upgrade to a xe1?):smashin:
     
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    I believe I am correct in saying that this particular Toshibas native resolution is only720p and only 'HD ready'. 1080i will be upscaled. Might I suggest you wait for the Toshiba HDEP10 which can be bought on PLAY.com very reasonably which is true HD and will output at1080p. It won't upscale as well as the X1 as it lacks the Reon chipset but will still do a reasonable job. Bear in mind you will need a display with a native res of 1080p to get full HD.
     
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    The E1 is not limited to 720p
    The HD-E1 offers 1080i max and the more expensive HD-XE1 offers 1080p.

    The E1 will decode all the new HD sound formats except DTS-MA.
    But for you to hear the new sound formats you will need a HDMI 1.1 or later amp , to send the signals as PCM over HDMI.
    Failing that , get a HD-XE1 and you can send the sounds over analogue.
     
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    Bishi

    Sorry I probably should have mentioned that as I have a Samsung LE32R41BDX, I think I'm stuck with 1080i anyway!

    Thanks for the reply though.
     
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    sorry psf but i dont think your tv is 1080i i amybe wrong but its not a 1080 set so dont get a particular dvd as it will do 1080!!!!!!!
     
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    All the supported audio formats are available via HDMI LPCM. All of the legacy (SD DVD) formats are available via both HDMI and S/PDIF (Toslink) bitstream. The supported "advanced" audio formats are also available as a DTS crosscode (1.5Mbps max output) via S/PDIF (Toslink) bitstream. The sound via Toslink is VERY good.
     
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    I've got this player, and tbh the sound quality isn't quite what I would have expected. I am currently using a digital cable but the sound is only ok. My amp only has optical and no hdmi.

    I wish that I had spent more money on the Xe-1 tbh.
     
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    So what options are there currently (on a wife induced budget) if I want to replace my aging Sony and use the E1 for TrueHD ?
     
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    Must be a restriction in your amp, because as TrevorS says the E1 outputs at 1.5mbps for HD-DVD so sound should be way better than vanilla DD.
     
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    Originally Posted by kenko View Post
    I've got this player, and tbh the sound quality isn't quite what I would have expected. I am currently using a digital cable but the sound is only ok. My amp only has optical and no hdmi.

    I wish that I had spent more money on the Xe-1 tbh.
    Must be a restriction in your amp, because as TrevorS says the E1 outputs at 1.5mbps for HD-DVD so sound should be way better than vanilla DD.



    So it should be better than standard dvd qualities?

    My amps about 4 years old. It's a Sony STr-DB930 I think
     
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    Yes, certainly should be. Used to have the 925 which was a good amp. Try both you should hear the difference...
     
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    If you compare HD DVD DD+ or TrueHD against SD DVD DD, the sound via the Toslink connection should be very distinctly better listening to the HD DVD.

    If you are not hearing that, then like city fan is saying something other than the player must be at fault. Perhaps the amplifier, perhaps even the speakers themselves are too limited.
     
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    I suspect your screen only has 768 lines (like mine). The reason I went for the E1 player for now was the price difference and the fact that the TV was not 1080.

    But if you can wait I would expect there to be loads of 1080 players out in the next few months, for future proofing.
     

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