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Uncompress using STR-DH800 or PS3?


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I've recently bought a Slim PS3 to go with my setup (see sig) and have one question about the Blu-Ray audio.

Am I going to get better sound having the PS3 decode the audio and send it to the amp in PCM form or should I set the PS3 to bitsream the audio from the blu-ray and get the amp (Sony STR-DH800) to do all the decoding?

I'm guessing the amp will do a better job of the decoding than the PS3 and am kinda thinking this is a bit of a stupid question! (I'll also get the HD lights on my amp too which seems to make me happy! :thumbsup:)

Please let me know if I'm right.


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The results will or should be exactly the same, although you could actually try it for yourself in order to determine which is the best for you …

… or are you deaf???? :D

a codec

is a codec

is a codec

regardless of which component it is used in ;)
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From an audio viewpoint the sound (of the common subset) is identical - as Dante01 explains. From a functional viewpoint, you sacrifice functionality (e.g. audio mixing) by not decoding on the player. So the answer is that if the looking at a shiny light on the amp instead of watching the film is more important than full-function audio, then bitstream. Conversely if audio functionality is more important than a useless light, then decode in the source.

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