Not sure which HDDVD player you've got there buddy. If it's the HDE1 then you'll not have the option available that you can''t seem to find. I've just bought a 605 also, and I have an HDE1 and a PS3. My understanding is, that the E1 cannot send raw bitstream unencoded data, except for DD and DTS. For the Hi Def audio formats it encodes everything itself and sends it via pcm to your amp. So like me an Onkyo 605 wasn't really needed because everything is done by the HDDVD player, that's why no Tru HD light comes on in the amp as the amp is just receiving the signal and sending it to the speakers.
The amp shows up as multi ch 5.1 or some such thing. But if you press the display button on the DVD player it should tell you what sound format you are currently playing. Remember in the DVD options if a Dolby Tru HD soundtrack is available it sometimes isn't the default soundtrack so it needs to be selected.
I've heard that this is not a problem your ears are still getting top quality lossless sound, its just that its being encoded by the dvd player instead of the amp. It does sound glorious by the way. Please correct me anyone if this is all baloney!!
Please correct me anyone if this is all baloney!!
Not baloney. You're spot on. On the Onkyo, it should read 'Multichannel PCM'. The Onkyo is still a decent investment as if you do upgrade your player to one that can bitstream, you won't need to upgrade your amp. Not until Dolby/DTS Super Duper HD comes along anyway ;-)
Glad to be of help. When playing the hi def audio I get lower volume levels also by the way. I'm using a PS3 as a blu ray player at the moment, and can tell you it is in the same boat as the HDE1 it can't send hi def audio via bitstream, it encodes everything onboard. It can't encode DTS HD though, I think it just ups the bitrate for a better quality DTS. So after spending £400 on the amp and with 2 hi def sources I STILL don't get the little Tru HD light on the Onkyo!! Aghhhhh!!!
Just as an aside, I'm using a £400 JBL 5.1 speaker set up. Does anyone have any recommendations for a new speaker package (up to £1000)?
I am like you my blue ray comes through my pc, and it can't provide true hd sound.However my soundcard is an Auzentch prelude which they are supposed to be providing an extension board which they claim will provide true hd audio and video. I am hoping this won't cost too much! or it may be cheaper to just buy a blu ray player!