Originally Posted by Wafflebird
That receiver will give you DD 5.1 and DTS 5.1. It will not play any loss-less/uncompressed audio such as DD HD or DTS HD. It does not have the decoders built into it. If you have a player that decodes the loss-less audio this receiver will still not be able to play it as it does not have the decoders built in and it does not have any analog multi-channel inputs. So to sum it up, you can get 5.1 DD and DTS but no loss-less audio formats.
The 5.1 will still sound much better than just TV speakers, but if you are looking for HD audio you will need to look further up Sony's or anybody else's food-chain.
It's my understanding that you don't need HD decoding in the receiver if you set the DD HD / DTS HD-capable player to self-decode the track and output uncompressed 5.1 or 7.1 LPCM over HDMI. Unless I'm wrong about this (and believe me, I might be), as far as I can tell the receiver just needs to accept 5.1 uncompressed PCM over HDMI to do what I want it to do (obviously 7.1 doesn't do me any good). I heard somewhere that if the TV
doesn't support PCM 5.1, the receiver won't be able to play it, but that doesn't make any sense to me so maybe I misunderstood that part
Just to clarify -- I do already have a Kenwood 5.1 receiver, but it doesn't have enough inputs on it (or HDMI), which is why I'm buying a new one... I do know what DD and DTS are like, but the whole HDMI issue has me stumped, because I don't know what I need to get PCM 5.1 (I did know that the receiver doesn't support DD HD or DTS HD, but like I said, I didn't think that mattered).
Going higher up on the product chain isn't an option unless I give up eating for awhile
I guess my question narrows down to this: can that receiver play PCM 5.1 audio from an HDMI source capable of outputting it, and will it still be able to do that if I connect the receiver's HDMI output to that Sharp TV?