Originally Posted by dpak2005
Should be pretty close to the same. In theory, it's better to have the receiver do the decoding, because you want to have digital as far along the way as possible. That's why HDMI 1.3 was created, to handle 1080p video PLUS TrueHD and DTS MA over HDMI.
PCM is not analog, it's digital.
One way, you send the TrueHD/DTS-MA digital bitstream from the player to the receiver over 1.3 where it's decoded to PCM then converted to analog. Other way, the bitstream from the DVD is decoded to PCM then sent via HDMI to the receiver where it's converted to analog. Either way, it's digital as far as possible. No reason having the receiver do it all should be better unless there are issues with a receiver's handling of MC LPCM input (LFE issue).
Except that it might sound better when the receiver is receiving a digital THD or DTS MA signal and passing it straight to the speakers, rather than the player decoding it, converting it to analog, then passing it to the receiver and on to the speakers.
We're not talking about multichannel analog outputs, the PCM sent over HDMI after the player decodes is digital...uncompressed digital. There's no such thing as "PCM analog".