Originally Posted by tdogroeder
Is it not worth the extra $ to get an A35 for analog out?
I guess it depends on your ears, your sound system and how important you are to sound quality. For myself I can hear more/greater dynamic range with TrueHD and some DD+ tracks with 5.1 analog-out than down converted optical DTS. Don't get me wrong the optical sounds great too. I guess it comes down to how "picky" you are with sound and if you are wanting the BEST audio connection.
But reading this post cost is very important and you can go with optical only with an A2 it too sounds very good better than DVDs when comparing HD DVD audio tracks with optical and it's the best cost performance upgrade!
In the future you can always upgrade and use the current system as a 2nd system in your home.
Even my brother wants to get into HD DVD but his receiver is limited to optical and looking for the cheapest upgrade to HD DVD the A2 with optical is the best with non-HDMI receivers. I have no problem recommending this setup to anyone over any DVD system with optical!
Yes if you think of the cost of the 5.1 analog cables and A35 with a bit more money you can go A2 with HDMI receiver. So if you get the A2, upgrading to a HDMI receiver with TrueHD decoding in the future would be the next best upgrade to any HD sound system.