Originally Posted by whentrumpetsfade
Hi i may be getting my very 1st Blu Ray player so bear with me if my questions seem noobish
I am on an early gen LCD TV and a receiver from 2004 that only does DD/DTS:
1. Would there be any issue hooking up the blu ray player via HDMI to the TV for video and using coax/optical from player to receiver for audio?
That's a standard connection method for use with non-hdmi AVRs. It does have issues, though. See below.
2. Am i correct to assume that any Dolby True HD/DTS-HD tracks would automatically be "downgraded" to DD/DTS?
Yes and no. The lossless tracks are actually composed of a lossy core plus additional data to provide the missing audio information. That core audio is what is provided over digital optical or coax (depending on what connections the player has). The lossy Dolby core on Blu-ray discs is encoded at a higher bitrate (640Kb/sec) than is used for DVDs (384Kb/s or 448Kb/s). Unfortunately, some AVRs cannot decode that higher bitrate and will be silent.
Edited to add: I don't know the lossy core bitrate for DTS, although I know it's higher than the DVD equivalent.
However, BD players will also let you select stereo PCM output over digital audio connections. They'll decode the audio bitstream internally and downmix it to 2 channels. Normally the LFE channel is omitted, though. Stereo PCM can be decoded by any AVR. You can then select ProLogic decoding in the AVR to recover some of the surround sound.
Depending on the player and your AVR, you also might be able to use multichannel analog connections. Unfortunately, most AVRs don't digitize their multichannel inputs, so they can't apply any processing, including bass management or speaker distances. That has to be done in the player.
3. I have a huge DVD collection : if i use component cable would DVDs get upscaled via component cables?
Maybe. It will depend on the player. HDMI licensing includes an "analog sunset" clause. After a certain time, newly manufactured players will provide only standard resolution video over component connections. Even now, component connections are rare in low-priced players.
Edited to add: don't forget that all digital displays scale all video inputs to the display's native resolution. The display's scaler already might be better than what is provided either in the player or in (a new) AVR.
Are we able to select 720/1080p or would it be adjusted as per the display's native resolution?
All the players I've seen have an option of selecting Auto -- which matches the disc's video to the display device's capabilities, or selecting any of a number of fixed video output resolutions: 1080p, 1080i, 480i, etc.
I hope this helps a little.