Originally Posted by Air Supply
But, with those receivers. I'll get truhd sound right? I just need to get a receiver that's NOT a HDMI passthrough or HDMI switch?
If your player only sends TrueHD through HDMI, the receiver needs HDMI audio. If the player also has analog multi-channel outputs, the receiver only needs the analog multi-channel inputs (most if not all HDMI passthrough/switching receivers do have these, as well as just about every HDMI audio receiver. Heck, my non-HDMI anything receiver has them.)
What are the benifits of having the truhd light? Just to let you know when it's working? I would hope that my ears would tell me if it's working or not.
TrueHD vs. ordinary Dolby Digital is probably subtle at best, but if your ears are sensitive enough, you may hear something. The TrueHD display on the receiver just lets you know the receiver is doing the decoding.
The PS3, btw, doesn't have the option of bitstreaming TrueHD. It has to decode and send it as PCM, so even if you had a TrueHD decoding receiver, the light still won't display in that setup. Most other Blu-Ray players bitstream, IIRC.
But whether the player or the receiver does the decoding makes no sonic difference.