I decided to take advantage of the sony sale on the BDP-S350 blu-ray player. (got it for $153 from sony style) Cheapest I saw the BDP-S550 with analog outs was $350. For $200 I decided I would just go with standard audio via optical (or coax) connection.
With blu-Ray the standard audio track is full bit rate. (640k/sec for DD and 1.5meg/sec for DTS) My question is, how much of a compromise will it be listening to bluray through a standard audio connection rather than the lossless track?
My Pre/Pro does not have HDMi inputs and I am sure it will get upgraded at some point (the new Outlaw is the current top contender when it comes out but it will be summer at least before I can swing the money) so for now, standard audio is all I get. Just wondering how much of a compromise it will be...