I was talking to WriteSimply about this in another forum. Here is my situation:
I just bought a Samsung HL-S5687W 1080p TV. I also got myself a PS3. Right now I am using the PS3's HDMI to connect to the TV. I was previously using my computer speakers( Inspire P7800 ). I know these aren't the greatest speakers, but they aren't too bad. Since I've had the new setup, there is no way to connect my speakers and have the 7.1 surround sound work. I also want to have the completly optimcal experience from the PS3. My TV accepts TRUE 1080p in, so that is great. The sound is what I need now.
So, WriteSimply informed me that I will need some type of receiver to take the HDMI from the PS3 and then do a bunch of needed things with my speakers(cut the ends, etc.) and hook it up to the receiver in order to make it work. I was looking at the Panasonic XR-57 i believe it's called... But I was informed that this particular model does NOT keep the 1080p video signal when being sent back to the TV. Therefore, I have been looking at this particular model-- the XR700.
For me, is this the best idea? I know my speakers may blow, but if used carefully, will this be the optimal sound experience that I can get? This receiver has DTS, TrueHD, HDMI 1.3, 7.1 surround, 1080p out.. right? Will this greatly improve sound quality? Will it do anything for my video quality? Will it do anything negative? It's hard trying to absorb all this information, but this seems like the best path for me.
Any information or help is greatly appreciated. I've spent alot of money so far, and this will be another big purchase... and it's hard to decide when I know so little.