Originally Posted by Mean Gene
So no noticable improvements if using hdmi for audio?
Originally Posted by chuckg1
The analog outs in theory should be better (player dacs vs receiver dacs). Does your receiver have the newer decoders ( DTSMA,DOLBY TRUEHD ), if not then i would definitely use the 500 analog outs.If your receiver has hdmi inputs, the player can decode the newer formats and send them by pcm downconvert..Also if your receiver has auto room correction that should be a consideration. I would try variations and use what sounds good to you.
I can add a small bit to this. Food for thought, so to speak.
1st I've not used HDMI sound from this player.
For blu-ray movie 5.1 discs and "sound only" 5.1 discs (few 5.1 movies actually have great sound, whereas "sound only" discs don't seem to be as problematic as movie discs), I have used only the rear 5.1 RCA analog outs: great sound!
For stereo playback of STEREO redbook sound (quality 16/44.1 rips from CD music discs, via .flac files on an external 2.5" USB HDD) I've so far used these 3 approaches, *all* *with* *great* *sound* but some interesting "minor" differences (still thinking about it):
1. Straight from the Panasonic 500 player using it's internal DAC(s) and rear RCA L/R outs: sweet; liquid; at times a bit too loose; nonetheless my favorite at this point.
2. Panasonic 500 player using it's rear S/PDIF output (single orange RCA on the back), into an older external Bel Canto DAC3; less loose but also less sweet.
3. Panasonic 500 player using it's rear S/PDIF output (single orange RCA on the back), into a top end Benchmark DAC1 HDR; much tougher call; in between that of the 500 player itself and the BC DAC3.
So count me as a fan of the Panasonic 500 player, even all by itself.