Not a bad idea. I have a $69 BD player that works as well as any. No reason to think a $50 model wouldn't cut the mustard as well. I have a $125 one also. It is bigger. No question at all that a sony receiver has a flat frequency response and inaudible distortion. In its direct stereo mode it should sound like any other receiver in the same mode. Makes sense to me. I've bought my cabling from Monoprice for years. Never been disappointed. I recommend them as well. What I don't recommend is looking down on people who have more audio experience in their little fingers than you have ever acquired. We've been where you are long ago. Perhaps one day you will be where we are.