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What Blu Ray to buy for ONKYO TX-NR801 for Dolby TrueHD, etc???

I own the Onkyo TX-NR801. I want to buy a Sony or Panasonic blu-ray player which will match up connection-wise so I can get the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD signals to my Onkyo speakers. Since the 801 doesn't have the HDMI-in connection, I am thinking I can hook the new blu-ray HDMI out directly into my one HDMI input on my TV for the 1080p picture. Then if I get the Panasonic DMP-BD55K which HAS the 7.1 analog outs for the receiver, does the 801 accept those connections and will it process the TrueHD soundtracks, etc??? Or, will I only be able to get the Dolby Digital, DTS, type sound??? I have read that the Toslink connection doesn't support the TrueHD, DTS-HD sound format. Or, easier, tell me WHAT I NEED to buy in a blu-ray player where my Onkyo 801 will work for the HD sound...I love my receiver and would hate to sell it for upgrade, etc. Anyhow, this is CONFUSING stuff! :O) Mark in Kentucky

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    WHEN PLAYING BLU-RAY DISC, I GET A NO SIGNAL
    OFTEN. CONNECTED FROM BLU-RAY PLAYER TO TV, IT WORKS.
    ALL OTHER BLU-RAY DISCS WORK WELL

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Hi, as the Onkyo receiver you have does not have HDMI switching, the only thing it will do for you with a Blu-Ray player is process the audio signals.  The video from the BR player will have to go directly to an HDMI input of your hi def TV.  In this case, either Sony or Panasonic BR player will be equal.  Assuming you keep the Onkyo unit you have, you would want to use the optical digital output from the BR player as the audio source into one of the optical, digital audio inputs on the Onkyo.  In an ideal world, your receiver would some that does do HDMI switching.  This way, all the audio and video signals from any audio or video source would be automatically switched and channeled through 1 simple HDMI cable into your hi def TV.  This will make you life simpler as ther would be no need to select an appropriate input on the TV, as well as one on the receiver.  That said, buying a new receiver in addition to a BR player is more costly.  Good luck.  Let us know how it goes.

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