Originally Posted by Spinal Tap
What is DolbyTrue HD,DTS HD, Dolby plus
TrueHD and dts-MA are lossless codecs. They work the same as DD 5.1 and DTS, their lossy older cousins. But, here's the difference: when the lossy formats are decoded, some of the original audio data is lost. When the lossless versions are decoded, everything is restored.
...can I get it with just adding a BRP;
Yes. But, since your receiver lacks HDMI, you will need to get a player that decodes the new formats and has multichannel analog outputs. The player does all of the hard work and sends analog audio to the receiver over six cables.
Can I still get better upconverted DVD video, and upgraded audio w/ BR disks?
Video is no problem. Plus, you will get improved audio even if you pass on the analog approach for lossless. The lossy codecs on Blu are less compressed than on DVD and they sound great, rivalling lossless. You can get much improved audio over the usual optical or coax connections.
It sounds like you have to go with a more $$$ unit if your AVR is not HDMI?
Yes, although the premium for analog players is not significant. There are far fewer analog players, however. And, as I said, you won't be giving up much if you use optical or coax instead.
oh yeah I didn't miss the HDMI 1.3 discription, do I need to waste a few hundred on a new cable now too?
That would definitely be a waste. You can get perfectly fine HDMI cables at monoprice.com for less than $10.