Some technical mumbo-jumbo now for those of you who are curious about the Blu-ray version of David’s ‘Remember That Night’, which will (hopefully) be out on Monday 19 November in Europe and Tuesday 20 November in North America.
With regards to which audio formats are supported, I’m told that…
48khz LPCM Stereo is mandatory on all Blu-ray players, so, at the very least, anyone can listen in stereo.
However, to get the full benefit of Dolby TrueHD you need to have a particular set-up that will achieve the best results.
First, your Blu-ray player must support Dolby TrueHD.
Second, assuming that your Blu-ray player supports TrueHD, you need to correctly connect the player to your amplifier or receiver.
If you connect your player by the coax or optical TOSLINK connectors to the amp, you will not be getting the benefit of the TrueHD signal. You will get a Dolby Digital version that is included within the TrueHD instead.
As long as the player understands TrueHD, you can get the audio signal out in one of three ways.
First, you can allow the player to decode the audio internally and feed the audio out via six analogue outs (normally phono/RCA connectors are present if the player offers the feature). You would connect this to your amplifier six-channel analogue input with six phono/RCA to phono/RCA cables.
The second and third options both output the audio via an HDMI cable to an amplifier/receiver that can accept HDMI audio.
The audio can be decoded to uncompressed by the player and sent via the HDMI to your ‘amp’. The amp processes this as 5.1 uncompressed PCM.
In the last method, the TrueHD bitstream can be sent directly along the HDMI cable – the decoding happens in the receiver. In order to use this method, you will need to have an amplifier and Blu-ray player that both conform to the HDMI specification version 1.3.
HDMI 1.3 is new, but most higher-end gear is designed to work to this standard. If you are planning on purchasing new equipment, then it is worth looking for this specific feature before you buy.
Hope that helps.
Thanks to Hilary for the detailed clarification.