On January 1, 2009 at 19:08, Daniel Tonks said...
If you exchange the player, get one with 5.1 analog outputs
that can internally decode all sound formats. Believe
it or not, you'd be able to use that to hear uncompressed
sound with your current receiver
That'd be awesome. But I wonder if I could really hear any difference with my modest system. I guess it'd depend on the quality of my speakers, and how discerning my ears are!
Samsung BD-P2500, Panasonic DMP-BD55 for example.
The BD-P2500 is twice the price -- another $200!
This is important, though. When I'm shopping for a BD player with 5.1 (or 7.1) analog outputs I need to make sure it'll internally decode at least the DTS-HD audio, otherwise, I'm right back where I started -- no surround sound from the fox bd's!
So, I take it that having the 5.1 or 7.1 analog outputs is no guarantee that the BD player will decode the DTS-HD audio, or even the TrueHD audio.
I will be sure to check this when I'm shopping. I've learned two things recently about shopping for this stuff. First, there's no way to tell what the stores actually have in stock, and at what price, without actually visiting the store. (The online information is not accurate, and if you talk to a staff member either by phone or in person they will use the online information to answer your questions.) Secondly, the sales staff usually don't know enough about the confusing array of audio options available to be able to answer the kinds of questions I've asked here.
Thanks again for your help.