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Old 04-04-2008   #7
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Well apparently what the salesperson told me about using the 5.1 outputs of my Sony BDP-S2000ES to get the other audio formats that this player supports was incorrect. When I asked Sony about this, they said the the other sound formats are 7.1 formats, so obviously I won't be able to get them through the 5.1 outputs. I am going to switch my audio hookup to go through my audioquest Optilink-3 toslink cable and move my 6 interconnects back to my Rotel-1060 DVD/DVD-A player, so I can enjoy my DVD-A collection again.
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Thanks for your replies. After more research I've decided to go with plasma and I've also decided that the Pioneer plasmas are the way to go, but I know have to decide which Pioneer 50" plasma is right for me. Some of the questions I'm struggling with is whether I should go with the Elite line or there non-Elite version and whether the 720p will be good enough instead of the 1080p version.

One dealer told me that I really won't be able to tell the difference between the 720p and 1080p HDTV's from 10 feet away, but he did suggest I go with the Elite series. He also said I'd be happier with the Elite 720p set over the 1080p non-Elite HDTV. I worried I might regret not purchasing the 1080p later. Anyone care to comment on what this salesperson told me and whether the Elite versions are worth the extra scratch? Thanks.
I think your dealer was trying to dump his old stock. I can tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on 50" screens that are 10 feet away - as most people on this forum probably can. With that comment, I probably would have asked for another sales guy or gone somewhere else to buy. If you plan on keeping your new tv for more than a year or two, it would be prudent to invest in the most current technology so you will not be that much further behind in the future.
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"I think your dealer was trying to dump his old stock. I can tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on 50" screens that are 10 feet away - as most people on this forum probably can. With that comment, I probably would have asked for another sales guy or gone somewhere else to buy. If you plan on keeping your new tv for more than a year or two, it would be prudent to invest in the most current technology so you will not be that much further behind in the future."

I did go somewhere else to buy my Pioneer 50" 1080p plasma (PRO-110FD) last Saturday, because I thought pretty much as you did rlpiii.
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Well on Saturday I picked up a Pioneer Elite 50" 1080p plasma HDTV (PRO-110FD) and a Sony BDP-S2000ES Blu-ray player. I got a couple of Tributaries Series 7 HDMI cables to hook up the Blu-ray and my Direct TV DVR to the Pioneer HDTV. Since my B&K Ref 50 preamp does not support HDMI or some of the new sound formats that the Sony Blu-ray player provides, I hooked up the Blu-ray sound to my pre-amp using the six analog outputs instead of the digital outputs. I was told by the sales person that I would be able to enjoy these new sound formats by hooking it up in this fashion, since the Sony player will decode them and send them on to my pre-amp. Besides the fact that it takes 6-interconnects to hook-up the sound in this way, does this affect the sound quality in a negative way? On my old DVD player I was using an AQ Optilink-3 toslink cable and I was quite happy with that set up.
I'm still getting use to this new setup, but I am truely loving the awsome picture from the Pioneer Elite 1080p plasma.
You hooked up the Blu Ray properly with the 6 cables. When I get my Blu Ray player I will be doing the same hook-up to my processor.
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I did hook up the Blu-ray player properly using the six analog preouts from the Blu-ray player to the 5.1 analog inputs of my B&K Ref-50 preamp. Hooking the player up like this utilizes the players D/A converter instead of the Pre-amp A/D processor.
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