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post #1 of 8 Old 01-18-2008, 11:37 AM - Thread Starter
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Well way back in 2000 I jumped and bought myself what was at the time a very nice HDTV, and built a quite decent mid level 5.1 setup. Finally it looks like Blu Ray is going to win so I guess I'm ready to buy a BD player.

My problem is that my RPTV (Toshiba TW56x81, which uses CRT guns) doesn't support HDMI, it has two component inputs (one currently used by my DVD player and the other by the Wii). My 5.1 receiver (some B&K 100watt x 5ch receiver) also doesn't take HDMI audio, but can input either a digital signal via coax or toslink, or analog 5.1 inputs.

I don't really have any desire to upgrade my tv or receiver as they work quite well, and I don't have thousands of dollars lying around to dedicate to such a project.

So my question is what is my best option for a Blu Ray player that will output good 1080i via component and also good 5.1 audio to my receiver? I'd like to keep the price below $500, but will have some wiggle room if there is something dramatically better.

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No real good options at the moment. The Panasonic BD30 is the best player out right now but I don't think it can do any internal audio decoding, just bitstreaming which is worthless if you don't have an HDMI receiver. The BD50 will do everything you need but it's not out yet.

If you are looking for something inexpensive the Samsung BD-P1400 can decode TrueHD and has 5.1 analog outs. It's only $329 on Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-BD-P14.../dp/B000TME35W
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Yes I had seen that mentioned in some other posts about the BD30, but don't really understand why its worthless and won't be of value in my situation. I looked at the panasonic web site and it says the player has coax and toslink digital audio outputs. Is this useless because my receiver can only handle DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1?

The other thread at the top of the forum is an overload of info most of which doesn't have to do with the constraints of my somewhat oldish system.

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No real good options at the moment. The Panasonic BD30 is the best player out right now but I don't think it can do any internal audio decoding, just bitstreaming which is worthless if you don't have an HDMI receiver. The BD50 will do everything you need but it's not out yet.


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Yes I had seen that mentioned in some other posts about the BD30, but don't really understand why its worthless and won't be of value in my situation. I looked at the panasonic web site and it says the player has coax and toslink digital audio outputs. Is this useless because my receiver can only handle DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1?

The other thread at the top of the forum is an overload of info most of which doesn't have to do with the constraints of my somewhat oldish system.

You have analog inputs on your receiver. Find a player that internally decodes advance audio and outputs via analog. Note that the BD30 doesn't therefore you will only get standard DD/DTS.
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Like Donnie is saying, in order to get the best sound you will want a player to decode the audio and send it out over analog 5.1. None of the available players right now can do both Dolby TrueHD and DTS HDMA. The soon to be released panasonic dmp-bd50k will. I would suggest you wait and buy it.
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If you can't wait for the BD-50 you might want to consider a BD-10. It can output decent 5.1 and decode everything except DTS-HDMA (but you will still be able to play a nice DTS core track with DTS-HDMA titles.)
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-19-2008, 05:26 AM
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please use sticky thread at top. thanks

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