Originally Posted by dcdivenut
Sorry - I did get the Bravus II 8D Sub. My setup is in the basement with relatively low ceilings (82") and with a 16 month old in the house I doubt I will be rocking the rafters that often...
OK. So it seems to me that your receiver is fine.
I am actually trying to figure out what I should do about BR player... my TV (Samsung 59D8000) has ARC but it says the receiver has to support ARC as well.
As far as I know, which is nothing about ARC, it's risky to build a system based on "coming features". On the other hand, if you buy a new receiver, it should have 3D pass through which makes ARC irrelevant. My understanding is that one main use for ARC is to allow combo TVs with built in players to use HDMI to return the copy protected full audio back to a receiver.
However, I could always use optical out from the TV to get the sound to the receiver and I have read several articles suggesting that the audio difference, even with perfectly setup reference speakers, is minimal at best.
Unless I've missed a big change in copy protection, the optical out from your TV is restricted to stereo content unless the signal originates from the on-board tuner. I think that the audio difference that you are referring to is between lossy and lossless content from external sources like a player. For me using the optical output from the TV defeats the reason for having a surround sound setup.
Plus I would need to spend an extra $100 to get the dual HDMI, which I could use instead for a new receiver if I wanted to go that route since I would then not need dual HDMI outs anyway...
I'm not into 3D, but I follow threads where it's discussed a lot. I don't know how many players have dual HDMI outputs. I know about the new OPPO, and I would expect that others with dual HDMI outputs would be in the $300 to $500 range. You can get the new Panasonic BDT-110 (good reviews) for about $135. Something like the 110 might save you even more for a receiver with 3D pass through capability.
I would probably go with the Panasonic 110 and 2D while I looked for a good buyer for the receiver. Since I don't care for 3D, and I wouldn't want to explain to the mother of that 16 month old upstairs why I was buying another new receiver, it might take me a year or two to find the right buyer.