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I have owned a rarely used Yamaha HTR-5450 5.1 stereo receiver since 2002 and have recently bought a 2012 Samsung 46 inch 3D LED TV, 2012 Samsung 6500 3D Blue Ray and 2012 Polk RM700 surround sound speakers for a 2nd Home theater room. I can wire everything using traditional connections and optical cable.

My question is can I get good quality surround sound with this older Receiver or should I go ahead and buy a new receiver with HDMI inputs to make this a true 3D surround experience?
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You'll get some but not all of the available sound formats that way, but you'll still get surround sound (see this http://www.avsforum.com/t/1379451/toslink-vs-hdmi) Depends how much you want to spend, but I'd worry about going up the ladder speaker-wise first. Did you get a sub with those Polks?

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I have owned a rarely used Yamaha HTR-5450 5.1 stereo receiver since 2002 and have recently bought a 2012 Samsung 46 inch 3D LED TV, 2012 Samsung 6500 3D Blue Ray and 2012 Polk RM700 surround sound speakers for a 2nd Home theater room. I can wire everything using traditional connections and optical cable.

My question is can I get good quality surround sound with this older Receiver or should I go ahead and buy a new receiver with HDMI inputs to make this a true 3D surround experience?

One thing Yamaha's of that era were very good at was including 5.1-channel external inputs with their receivers. Your Yamaha has the 5.1-channel input.

I'm not sure if the Samsung you purchased has a 5.1-channel analog output but that type of output is your best way to get *all* of the Blu-Ray audio formats into the Yamaha. You'll have 5.1-channel audio instead of 7.1-channel audio and your bass management won't be as good as a modern receiver but you'll have lossless audio and should sound better than S/PDIF optical or coax audio.

If the Samsung Blu-Ray does not have 7.1/5.1 channel analog outputs then you might consider returning that one and getting one that does. It's one way to keep that old receiver going.

BTW, I second the idea of upgrading your speakers first. No matter how good the receiver, the speakers would still be the deciding factor on how good everything sounds.
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I have owned a rarely used Yamaha HTR-5450 5.1 stereo receiver since 2002 and have recently bought a 2012 Samsung 46 inch 3D LED TV, 2012 Samsung 6500 3D Blue Ray and 2012 Polk RM700 surround sound speakers for a 2nd Home theater room. I can wire everything using traditional connections and optical cable.

My question is can I get good quality surround sound with this older Receiver or should I go ahead and buy a new receiver with HDMI inputs to make this a true 3D surround experience?

One thing Yamaha's of that era were very good at was including 5.1-channel external inputs with their receivers. Your Yamaha has the 5.1-channel input.

I'm not sure if the Samsung you purchased has a 5.1-channel analog output but that type of output is your best way to get *all* of the Blu-Ray audio formats into the Yamaha. You'll have 5.1-channel audio instead of 7.1-channel audio and your bass management won't be as good as a modern receiver but you'll have lossless audio and should sound better than S/PDIF optical or coax audio.

If the Samsung Blu-Ray does not have 7.1/5.1 channel analog outputs then you might consider returning that one and getting one that does. It's one way to keep that old receiver going.

BTW, I second the idea of upgrading your speakers first. No matter how good the receiver, the speakers would still be the deciding factor on how good everything sounds.

From the backpanel images I saw for the BDE6500 there's no analog outputs except for 2 ch/composite video.

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Can the OP return the BDE-6500?
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