the only thing i can think of is if your receiver has multi chan analog connections, then i would go with the bd55 for that output.
the pana's are much more convenient than Sony s350/ps3 for not having to delve into the audio menu to select between different audio output selections. the bd35 also recodes mch PCM into DD/DTS, and the Sony cannot. If you ever watch a bluray that is recorded in mch uncompressed pcm, but does not offer legacy tracks, you can still achieve surround sound. You wouldn'd with the Sony players.
IOW, good choice.
am narrowing down my search for the Blue Ray disk player I will buy and am thoroughly confused about what I need for proper audio handling. Hopefully you can give me some direction. I have the following setup:
My amp is a Yamaha RX620 which is kinda "long in the tooth" but it works fine for what I do with it today. It handles (decodes?) DTS, Dolby 5.1, Dolby digital in 2 channel, analog, and PCM (no HDMI).
My HDTV is a 57" Toshiba 57HX81 which predates HDMI so it does not have an HDMI input, it has two component video ("ColrorStream") inputs for 1080i input and displays a great HD 1080i picture from my HD cable service.
I'm looking at the Panasonic BDP 35 Blue Ray player. From reading the reviews, the BDP 35 really delivers great 1080i video but I have no idea if its audio handling is correct for my Yamaha amp. Am I ok with the BDP 35 or do I need to make another choice of player (hopefully at a similar price point).