banjaboy,

The HT-BD1250 has a receiver built into the Blu-Ray in the same headunit. So the player and the amp are a single unit. So when you play surround sound Blu-Rays and DVDs, you'll be able to enjoy the surround sound without a difficult configuration.

No such thing as rookie questions. Wink We were all new to this at one point.

Here's some more information, and if you have questions, just let me know.

http://tinyurl.com/yd42xqz

--HDTech