Originally Posted by kenyonlord
Reviewing multiple sites and stores. Like functionality (wifi, bluetooth) and getting most out of hdtv (likely Panasonic ST or Samsung 7000 series) with purchase. Generally it seems like buying a house: you are buying space and potential (HDMI connections) but would like to prevent any unnecessary duplication in capabilities provided (and thus costs incurred). If features are provided in blu ray, must it also be present in the AV receiver?
Yes, or at least the means to pass the audio they create through to the speakers.
But, this is the wrong question.
Since the AVR has to have the features, the more important question is "Does the Blu Ray player have to have the features for them to be available to you." and the answer is no.
My instincts are to buy a "dumb" TV and get the features from the AV/ blu ray.
That is a good plan,
If that is the case, is there a way to compare the compatibility of features between AV receivers and blu ray and their capability such that it cost effective, and still getting the most out of the system?
Yes, you can go to the manufacturer's web site(s), obtain the detailed specifications which sometimes involves analyzing the users manual, and compare
I am not an audiophile, just trying to get quality at a decent price. Want to save money without sacrificing quality or functionality.
Of course a lot of this depends on what features and functionality you want. If you want certain kinds of handling of SACD and DVD-A discs, then you have a lot of research and fairly expensive hardware ahead of you, together with some awkward operations that you have to may have to do frequently.
If you just want to enjoy the movies on the next Blu Ray that you buy, download, or rent; it is highly probable that a fairly simple inexpensive Blu Ray player and AVR will do the job.