You are correct, it does appear, that the HDMI does not pass audio through the receiver itself. I am going blind; I knew I saw that detail before. I found it again. What exactly is the difference between the older DTS and the DTS HD.........and is DTS HD the same as True HD? I am assuming it takes the HDMI cable, to carry the DTS True HD. All other connections require compression, to physically get the signal from one point to the other. Are you saying I can get a lossless Analog True HD signal, from the cluster of individual channel hook ups......as opposed to a compressed lossy digital signal from the fiber or coax? I have the analog cluster for surround,on the back of my receiver, that you mention. Is that a better hook up? Lossless analog is better than lossy digital? The excerpt below, is my reference; which leads me to believe, the physical cabling is the cause of the signal loss and compression. Theoretically the signal comes out the player lossless, or could....and the receiver can process it; but it gets compressed again to go from point to point with anything other than HDMI(with 8 separate point to point channels). If I am right on this, does the analog cluster do the same thing HDMI does, by keeping each channel uncompressed with separate cable to each channel, from player to receiver? Is that what we are doing here? I have never used the cluster. Still learning some stuff. Thanks. I would not have considered this option. Are those just high quality RCA connections, for the analog cluster?
"Getting Lossless Audio via HDMI and PCM
Dolby TrueHD is based on the original Meridian Lossless Packing profile that was developed for DVD-Audio, in which eight channels are compressed to take up less space but then exactly reconstructed by the player so there are no losses. If you get a Blu-ray player that will "unpack" or decode Dolby TrueHD and output it via HDMI in PCM form, then you all you need is an AV receiver that's capable of receiving multi-channel PCM via HDMI. Any version of HDMI cable will carry multi-channel PCM -- including HDMI 1.0 through HDMI 1.3. However, your AV receiver must be able to deal with eight channels of PCM audio via HDMI connection.