for my PC which is connected to my existing 5.1 pc surround sound and i get a player PowerDVD 12 or similar will i be able to experience 5.1 sound even DTS-HD? or will their be some restriction preventing me?
otherwise this is my other solution that will hurt my wallet
^If you can play 5.1 audio to your surround sound system now then you will be able to with your Bluray drive. You need to make sure your existing PC has the CPU/GPU capabilities for 1080p Bluray.
You should be able to find & download some test files and play them. Use XBMC or other free player software. It won't cost you anything. If all is good, then you could go with a BR drive & player software. If you want to save money, buy a read only BR drive.
Most blurays have two audio streams: the HD audio stream and the "core", e.g. DTS-Master Audio and a DTS 5.1 "core". Whatever software player you use should be configured to use the audio stream that is compatible with what you're outputting to, though this usually happens automatically by it reading the EDID and knowing what is supported. Some will even downmix it to stereo if need be.
thanks a lot! helped a lot. is it depending on the software or the hardware for DTS-HD decoding?
Also my CPU is Core2duo E8200 2.66ghz and GPU is a GTX560ti connected to a Samsung es6300 via HDMI
That hardware is plenty good enough.
Don't forget that if playing BR is all you want, then a BR player may be the best value, simplest, and most certain to work satisfactorily solution. If Ripping is in your future, then the HTPC approach makes sense.