Originally Posted by batpig
Gotcha. What you heard is correct -- either the player or the receiver can be the one doing the decoding, and it doesn't matter which one does it as it will sound the same. Player decoding vs receiver decoding is covered in the AVR FAQ that I gave you the link to.
The bottom line is, at this point, almost every receiver will have it so you that discussion is becoming moot. A couple of years ago, you could save money by buying a model that takes HDMI audio but doesn't have HD decoders, but those days are essentially over as decoding is now cheap and common. Every single current Denon model (everything marked in blue on the chart I linked you to) does it so basically, don't worry about it.
Good...then I am not totally loosing my mind!
I did read the AVR FAQ and it was just a bit confusing and I did not get a direct answer, but it did seemed to be in the line with what you said, I think. But what do I know!
I am a little confused why I would need to buy one of the receivers marked blue on your chart, when I already have a DVD player that decodes DD & DTS HD!!
This is what I read....(If you have any hair, please don't start pulling it out yet)!
Quote... For the better sound you'll need either a player that decodes (and sends that audio out via PCM over HDMI or analog 6-channel out) or a receiver/processor that decodes the format, and a player that will output the bitstream of these codecs). End quote
With this quote, I am definitely confused. I know it is me, but this quote sounds contradictory.
I need a receiver in my price range and that is why I am so inquisitive. Like the 1609, 1709, 689 5.1 or 7.1 with Audyssey/DynamicEQ and volume. I am not too fimiliar with Denons. I have had Onkyo's and H/K receivers, but this time I wanted to try a Denon. And...Thanks again!
By the way what does 'moot' mean?