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Some very noob questions...please help!
1)If I have a 7.1 setup, and I buy the HD-A1 and use the 5.1 analog audio output to my receiver, will the back surrounds output sound (i.e. will the receiver convert it)? Will future HD-DVD players (or Blu Ray) have 7.1 analog outs?
2)What exactly is the point of having THX certification? I know that HTIB's are shunned here, but I'm interested in the Onkyo HT-S990THX and want to know what the THX actually means versus the Onkyo HT-S790.
3)What are the THX audio modes? I've seen Cinema, Cinema2, Game, and Music. What do they do to the audio track? Is THX Cinema2 preferred over using DTS or Dolby Digital listening modes?
4)What is DTS 96/24 (I think that's it), Neo or something like that, and some of these other options. I know of Dolby Digital, Dolby-EX, Pro Logic, DTS...I guess what I'm asking is WHAT are all these listening modes and WHEN would I use them?
5)Should surrounds always be placed above ear level? Or is ear level (i.e. on a table) appropriate for small rooms (around 12x16).
I'm looking to upgrade in the next month and will get a new sound system and if I don't pick up the HD-A1 I will be buying the HDMI Oppo upconverting player (and likely an Onkyo HTIB). Thanks for any and all help you guys can provide!