Originally Posted by Ninjadude973
No, no they weren't.
The main problem is, I've heard that digital optical/coaxial supports lossless, but only in stereo. AND I've heard that connecting my blu ray player directly to my receiver via RCA will give me lossless, but some say it won't. All I want is a straight answer.
S/PDIF whether optical or or coaxial, when sending PCM is inherently lossless, because PCM is inherently lossless (unless we start nitpicking about digital being inherently lossy due to sampling, but let's no go there.)
This has always been the case.
When people say S/PDIF does not support lossless, they mean lossless compressed audio. That would be Dolby Dig. or DTS.
HDMI support lossless compressed such as TrueHD.
Analog, would be considered lossless, so if you have multi-channel analog out (8 channels is required,) you can get lossless.
If you connect your Blu-ray player to a receiver, you have a number of options...
1) Stereo Analog (Red/White RCA cables) - If the player is decoding lossless audio, you could call this lossless. But you will get a downmix of the surround sound - if that's what you want, great
2) Multi-channel analog (8 single RCA cables, or whatever) - Lossless sure, but you need a receiver with appropriate inputs; In this case, I assume there's no downmix, you would would have a 7.1 speaker setup for proper audio
3) HDMI - Pretty much works with any speaker setup
4) S/PDIF - Pretty much works with any speaker setup; Very high quality from Blu-ray (640kbs for DD, 1.5 Mbs for DTS); Could be argued that it would be hard to hear the difference between this setup and lossless; Certainly a simple way to connect, except that HDMI is a one cable audio/video solution