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Yes Kevin, as long as the receiver takes audio with HDMI 1.1. This is because the PS3 will convert the DD Tru-HD and DD+ into PCM and send that over HDMI. As an analogy, think of the sound formats like DD+, as .zip files of .wav files.
As an aside, wav files are actually lossless PCM data, except they're 2 channel and usually 16-bit and 44.1 Khz. This means the file is literally sending the processor a new frequency value for each channel (right and left) 44,000 times per second, and that the value is one in a 16-bit (65536 value) range. 0 to 65535 are mapped to actual frequencies from 0 or 20 Hz up to about 20 Khz, and the PCM values are used by the DAC's (digital to analog converters) to recreate the original analog sound created by the speakers. Perhaps knowing this you can see how 96Khz and 24bit (about 16.7 million values vs. 65,000) sound can permit a much more accurate analog signal to be recreated.
Getting back to the analogy, the zipped file is like DD Tru-HD, (DD+ is lossless but not as much as normal DD). For DD Tru-HD the zip file contains the whole entire wav file but just in a different format (it has been losslessly compressed). If you could, whether you get a special media player on your computer that could play the zip files directly (akin to decoding in the receiver), or whether you'd have to extract the wav files before playing them (conversion to PCM in the PS3) makes no difference at all. The same data is there in both cases.