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HTPC: Using a BD Player instead of an AV Receiver?

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Hello, and thanks in advance for any advice you can give me.


I'm planning on building a HTPC using my:


PC (Windows 7, ATI 6870 with 1 HDMI OUT, and X-Fi Titanium with 1 Optical IN, 1 Optical OUT)

HDTV (Panasonic TH-P42U20Z with 3 HDMI INPUT and 1 Optical OUT)

and either a BD Player Home Theatre system or an AV Receiver.


I had my mind set on an entry level AV Receiver with HDMI Inputs and Outputs, like Sony STR-DH810.

To my knowledge, to connect the 3 components I would first go from PC (Ati 6870 HDMI Out) -> AV Receiver (HDMI In) and then AV Receiver (HDMI Out) -> HDTV (HDMI In).

This would mean the picture from the PC would be displayed on the HDTV, and the sound from my PC will be played through the receiver.

(Please correct me if I'm wrong.)


But, I have discovered a possible, cheaper alternative, which is to use a BD Player like Sony BDV-N990W.

This BD Player has 2 HDMI Inputs and HDMI Output, which satisfies the above setup requirements for the AV Receiver.


I will be using the PC to watch DVD and Blu-Ray in 5.1 surround sound, and playing PC games with 5.1 surround sound.

Will using the AV Receiver and the BD Player accomplish those goals?


Regards,
Iz
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I wouldn't recommend those all-in-one speakers. While convenient, they limit flexibility. Two HDMI inputs are not enough IMO. For the same price, you can probably get better components if you buy the receiver/speakers/blu-ray player separately.
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Thread Starter 
thanks for your advice lockdown smile.gif where I live (NZ), a receiver and 5.1 speaker set are very expensive (upward $2000).

I agree that the AV Receiver option is more flexible but the price difference makes the BD Player option alluring.


But apart from the price, is there a technical difference which would sway my decision? (like decoding capabilities).

I will be playing DVD/BD movies and 5.1 PC games.


Thanks again!
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