It should be your last concern. Think about the speakers, sub, room acoustics, amp section, all before this.
Since you are new... all you need is audio-enabled HDMI (handles PCM) on a receiver, depending on the players will you choose. You do not necessarily have to have the decoders on board.
The new audio formats should give you better detail and increased dynamic range. However, if you don't have detailed speakers, that cannot handle dynamics, or an amp that can handle dynamics, then its all a waste anyways.
Putting top feul into a Yugo still doesn't make it Formula 1.
I love watching movies and am in the market for a new AV receiver. Sometime, I'm going to get a blu-ray or HD DVD player, or both, and I'm wondering if I really will need a receiver that can play Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD.
I live in a small apartment, my living room is like, 12' x 12' and unfortunately the man is keeping me down so there's no plans for buying a house with a home theater room in it anytime in the future. Also, I'm not such an audiophile that I need more than a 5.1 system.
What's all the hoopla with HD audio? Is it really worth the investment or is it something I can get down the road? I can't seem to find much to help me make a decision when I research it on the net.
Thanks for the help!!!