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What are some recivers to buy for a blu-ray set-up?

by scneni91 / July 16, 2006 4:37 AM PDT

Becosue blu-ray can output 7.1 channel surrond sound and 1080p HD signal you owuld neeed a reciver that can output 7.1 channel surround sound as well as recive and output 1080p HD signal, perferably through HDMI. Does anyone know of a reciver that would be able to do that and would be best for a blu-ray set?

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What are some recivers to buy for a blu-ray set-up?
by jcrobso / July 17, 2006 2:17 AM PDT

Well since things are changing so fast and new HDMI spec 1.3 is out but not in any HD-DVD players or HDTVs or HT recivers yet, the best thing to do is wait untill the units hit the street.
If you need to get a HT reciver now then look for one that has HDMI switching an is HDMI spec 1.2. John

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by stewart norrie / July 17, 2006 10:26 AM PDT

I run all my vidio straight to the t.v. then use optical audio to my amp only Why? Amps without h.d.m.i.switching are much cheaper, also using vidio switching on the t.v. allows you to adjust each input seperetly.. In closing I believe optical audio gives you the best feed for sound quality. the only draw back is you have to change vidio on your t.v. and sound on the amp . I do have a friend that runs all h.d.m.i. thru the amp but every time he changes from hi-def satellit to d.v.d. he has to readjust his t.v. only my opinion be coool today stewee

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by speleofool / July 18, 2006 5:29 AM PDT

Hey, Stew.

I think this is one of those toss-up scenarios that depends a good deal on your equipment and your personal preferences.

The theory behind switching video through your receiver is basically twofold: first, if you have just one video connection from your receiver to your TV then you should be able to change both your picture and sound with one button-push; and second, your receiver may have its own on-screen display that it can add to your video signal, which will make using functions or setup on your receiver easier. For example, it migt tell you what format of digital audio it sees so you know whether you've set everything up correctly ("Hey, it says 'Dolby D' but I thought I picked the DTS track!").

In reality, not all input devices run in the same format, and I don't think it's common for receivers to do any video transcoding. I have a receiver with half a dozen component inputs and component switching, but my VCR is ancient and has only composite video. It's not selectable through component out, so I need to hook it up directly to my TV. Digital video poses the same problem, although only my DVD player currently supports that so there's no point in switching. Wink

I have to wonder about the on-screen display with digital video, too. With analog video, adding a display is a matter of syncing and filtering the video signal at the right place to add the display signal. Digital video is compressed and encrypted, so it seems likely that adding an OSD might not be possible. However, that seems like a valuable feature to lose to digital video. Has anyone actually seen this work (or not work) with DVI/HDMI switching?

Your point about individual input settings is a good one--you lose that with switching. Maybe someday everything will be HDMI (or backward-compatibe digital video) and we'll finally have no-compromise one-button switching. Happy


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Considerations for a Blu-Ray / HD-DVD receiver
by speleofool / July 18, 2006 4:53 AM PDT

OK, theoretically both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray are going to support several advanced new audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, and these formats are going to require HDMI 1.3. The 1.3 version of the HDMI spec is very new and no real hardware exists yet, so that would seem to be a big argument to wait on buying a receiver. However, my own research into a few titles shows that most of these early releases are sticking to well-established audio formats like Dolby Digital and DTS. There's some word about "uncompressed PCM," which should work over existing HDMI interfaces. Read more here:

I've got no idea when we'll start seeing HDMI 1.3 hardware hit the marketplace, but it may well be a year or longer. If you have no receiver now and need *something,* then look for a receiver with HDMI support so you can at least do the PCM soundtracks at hi-res, and don't spend too much because you'll likely want to upgrade later.


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(NT) (NT) Good Link Speleo, Thanks!
by RoadRunner6 / July 18, 2006 4:35 PM PDT
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by Riverledge / July 18, 2006 3:41 PM PDT

FORBES MAGAZINE; July 24, 2006.
Good in depth story about BLU-RAY and HD-DVD.
Newsstands now.
pps. 64-72.

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