Originally Posted by cadbury8
Is True HD through analog 5.1 worth $250.00?
If you have an older non-HDMI receiver... Yes!
The player decodes TrueHD and DD+ internally and just ships the sound out via the analogs, and it sounds very good. This is why the Gen 1 players were great for people with older receivers (and why the XA2 and A35 still are).
However, if you have an HDMI receiver, you can't go wrong with any of the players on the audio side. There are brawls going on everywhere on the forums about receiver vs internal decoding, but that's for another time...