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When you "bitstream" the audio (the bits stream off the disc to the receiver with no manipulation) you will not be able to hear the menu sounds or any "secondary audio" tracks, which are used by some commentaries. With modern players, there's no audible difference between having the receiver do the decoding and having the player do it, except for the lights on the receiver.
Are you saying my $2000 Denon 4520 is going to sound the same as my $200 Samsung Bluray?
 

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I'm not sure I understand what's being said here. How can there not be any differences? I'm not sure how you're comparing an entry level bluray with a high end receiver. Are you saying just the processing of the channels?
 

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A Bluray movie is digital and if sent to a 1080p display via HDMI the signal is unchanged and un altered. there should be no difference in quality between a $200 player and a $2000 player. where the change "may be noticeable" is in upconversion of DVDs and loading times.
Standards in Mass production of Bluray players has given the consumer much better quality than what was available 5 years ago. The same goes for comparing a $3000 receiver and a $600 receiver. I can almost guarantee there will be no audible difference if levels are kept within its specifications.
Ok, I think we're on the same page then. I've seen these arguments before but the receiver vs Bluray processing was confusing it for me.
 
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