The Netflix client for the Playstation3 was recently updated to version 2.0.5. For some time, the PS3′s Netflix client has been plagued by audio problems. In particular, an earlier update created issues with movies and TV shows with surround sound. As members of the AVS Forum pointed out, the PS3 would not pass Dolby Digital to the receiver but instead decode the signal itself. In some cases, not all of the audio channels would be passed properly to the receiver. In addition, since the receiver was not doing the decoding, it couldn’t perform any post-processing on the audio (i.e. room correction). Well, all of that is fixed now. The PS3 properly passes bit-streamed Dolby Digital to the receiver. Unlike the Roku 2, it’s passing regular Dolby Digital, not Dolby Digital Plus. For some titles, there’s noticeable difference between the two. A great example is the opening scene of the first episode of Lost (thanks AVS Forum member michaeltscott for pointing this out). Dolby Digital Plus offers much richer sound and a wider soundscape. The other benefit of Dolby Digital Plus is that it’s more efficient with network bandwidth. This makes the Roku 2 the better Netflix choice. Sound good?
|Dolby Digital is now properly passed by the PS3′s Netflix client|