Originally Posted by Junkhead
The A3 i currently have shows on my 887 as multichannel, what is the format then?
Whatever audio codec you are selecting decoded and sent to your receiver (Multichannel PCM).
IE, if you select DD+, the A-3 decodes it and then sends uncompressed PCM to your receiver. IE, the player is doing the decoding, the receiver is just playing back the "unzipped" stream of audio.
FWIW, the PS3 would operate very similarly to your A-3 re: audio. It decodes the audio in the PS3 and passes the audio to the receiver exactly like your A-3 does.
Currently, based on your equipment, I'd recommend a PS3 for your BD playback device.