Originally Posted by mrgribbles
First a little background on the BD-P1200 as you are looking for something that will work great with it.
I looked real hard at the p1200 and I wound up getting the Tosh Xa2 because of uncertainties in the audio playback capability of the p1200.
As I understand it, the p1200 does not have the built in codecs for TrueHd and DTS HD MA and my latest info is that Samsung has no announced plans to add them via firmware. Fact or fiction - I don't know. This eliminates multi-channel PCM over HDMI 1.1 or 1.2. as you still need to decode in the player unless the source disk has a multi channel PCM track, some do, but not in the majority.
So, this leaves you with a couple of options that will determine what type of receiver to invest in.
Multi-channel analog is also out for the exact same reasons as PCm over HDMI expressed above, you neeed to decode in the player. The p1200 does have 5.1 analog out, however.
Bitstream raw data feed to the receiver over HDMI 1.3, which the p1200 has, BUT, your receiver also has to use HDMI 1.3 because of the high bit rates and it must decode TrueHd and DTS MA in the receiver. There is no shipping receiver, at this moment, that does this. Also, there is a great deal of debate on whether or not the p1200 will in fact do this. I think it will, but until some user says so, the jury is still out. Onkyo is supposed to be releasing the TX-Sr605 receiver in "a few days" and I have one on pre-order. This receiver will decode the lossless formats and it has HDMI 1.3. As soon as they hit a p1200 user, we'll know about the HDMI 1.3 bitstream transport issue.
If TrueHD and DTS HD MA are not important to you then any receiver and most HTIBs will work both in digital or analog connections to the p1200. Some will work with HDMI 1.1. If the new codecs are important then you're SOL on an HTIB/p1200 until Onk or someone comes up with a new package.
Wait a week or so and see what the verdict is on the p1200 and HDMI 1.3. If the p1200 does in fact send the raw data to the AVR then you may want to look at picking up a receiver w' HDMI 1.3 and go separate speakers, etc.
Sorry for the long wind but I'm trying to condense about 2,000 posts on this subject into a couple of paragraphs.
If the p1200 does indeed work well with the new receivers then I'll look real hard at an acquisition. I like it except for the audio uncertainty and format neutral gets me all I want out of a DVD.