I think you receiver can do PCM via HDMI (the best audio) + the Panasonic DMP-BD30 can interanly decode Dolby True HD & DTS-HD, so you can get those. The Player decodes the audio & then the receiver is used as an AMP, but in the future it is much better to have a receiver decode it, you will get better sound using a receiver to decode the audio, then a player.
Sounds like your fine. Do any update the BD player may need, calibrate your tv & set the audio on the BD player to PCM out & have fun!!!
No you don't need optical or coax since your running the HDMI to the receiver. You may want to run an optical direct to the tv, so you will not have to have the receiver on ALL THE TIME, but you would have to then change the audio from PCM to bitstream & change it back when you use your reciever.
Am waiting for delivery of Panasonic DMP-BD30 and Pioneer PDP-5010 FD Plasma.
I have read ops manuals for both but am unsure re best audio hookup.
I intend to use HDMI from both the Blu-ray and my cable box to my Sony STR DA3200ES receiver and HDMI from receiver to the plasma.
Do I need to use a digital (optical or coax) cable as well as the HDMI from the Blu-ray to the receiver? I know the Sony will only handle DD or DTS but I don't want to upgrade at this time.
Also what about the analog connections? My speaker setup is 5.1 due to room size.
Same question re the Sci. Atlanta cable box.