Originally Posted by BIslander
As others have noted, you can't get multichannel lossless from a BD35 without HDMI. But, the legacy DTS core and embedded DD 5.1 tracks on BD are less compressed than the versions on DVD and sound great, often as good as lossless. So, you'll still get excellent sound using an optical connection to your receiver.
I'll probably get ripped for this, but I have a BD55, and have it hooked up via analogs as well as coax. My wife was always yelling at me because before watching a movie, I'd always go into setup and turn HDMI off, to get lossless through my non HDMI receiver. Keeping HDMI off fulltime is not an option, because the kids watch movies without the AVR on.
So, on occasion, I'd listen to the high bit lossy (and hitting mute on the TV), and to be quite honest, I don't hear much difference, most likely because my stuff is middle of the road, and not ultra-expensive. Lately, I haven't even bothered using analog. I wish I'd heard the difference for myself prior to my purchase, I could have saved myself a few bucks.
So for you guys who have the BD35 and a non-HDMI receiver, don't sweat it, the sound is still incredible going through optical connections.
Ok, bash away..........