OK! Do you ever get tired of hearing "Thanks, Bob!" ?
You're right. I did not *NOT* understand that 5.1 HDMI PCM == 5.1 Analog when the player has the decoder and can send the PCM signal.
So, it is not a problem to have separate dedicated BD and HD-DVD players, each connected only via HDMI to the D2, each set to send decoded PCM over HDMI to the D2 and get full audio resolution of whatever audio formats the player can decode.
The D2 cannot handle lossless bitstream formats and if we ever see 7.1 discs, we'll be limited to the 5.1 soundtracks, but, we can enjoy full decoded lossless formats now. (As you've been saying for"ever").
OK. I think I get it. Now I have to start over in my qwest in looking at BD/HD-DVD players. Of course, the Samsung combo is still not out of the question. The specs look good. But, it's a Samsung. Just doesn't quite feel right connecting a Samsung to the D2.
I've got my Pioneer Elite DV-79av I'll be using, connected via HDMI outputting 480i to the D2 until I make the plunge to BD/HD. I'll probably keep the Pio player for standard DVDs even after I get BD/HD player.
So much to learn. So little time. I have to learn it all now so I can enjoy my D2 when it gets here.