Connecting Panasonic DMP-BDT300 blu ray to av receiver
Thinking of buying a Panasonic DMP-BDT300 Blu Ray player with 2 HDMI ports - as I have an onkyo TX-SR601/601E receiver with no HDMI ports and a Toshiba XV500A LCD TV.
I believe this Blu Ray player is ideal for older non-HDMI receivers. Please explain why.
Also please let me know the best way and which cables I will need to set up my home cinema to get HD piture and sound out of my 5.1 setup.
I'm also getting foxtel IQ2.
Please keep it as simple as possible as I have a limited knowledge of these things.
I imagine you have been told that the Panasonic DMP-BDT300 Blu Ray player is ideal for non-HDMI AV receivers because it has multichannel analog outputs (see link below).
You can connect your Blu-ray player to the AV receiver using 6 RCA cables, and you will still get HD audio as the Blu-ray player will decode the audio.
However, the main point of getting the DMP-BDT300 is that it will play 3D movies (as well as standard 2D movies).
Now, as far as I can see your Toshiba XV500A LCD TV is not a 3D TV. Therefore, there is no point in paying more for a 3D Blu-ray player (unless you are going to upgrade soon).
Therefore, you could buy the cheaper Panasonic DMP-BD85 Blu-ray player. This also has multichannel analog outputs for connecting to your AV receiver.
Or, you could buy almost any other Blu-ray player and connect to your AV receiver using an optical connection (see link below). This would get you 5.1 surround sound - just not the high-definition audio version.
Assuming you go for the DMP-85. You would connect the 5.1 analog outputs of the Blu-ray into the AV receiver (for the sound) - and then connect HDMI from the Blu-ray into your TV (for the picture).
Something like this:
I don't know the Foxtel IQ2 - but I would imagine you would connect in a similar way. HDMI direct to your TV and (probably) digital optical into the AV receiver.
Hope that helps.
Paul (Site Editor)
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