Hi everyone! This is my first post here. I looked around the internet to try and find the best internet forum for home hifi solutions and I think I've found it. I have a passion for any video/audio hardware, displays, headphones, amps etc - but I have some catching up to do and I'm hoping I can get some education from of the knowledgable people here on AVforums. Question: I've noticed that there are a large selection of entry level consumer Blu-Ray players available, and also many very high-end players to choose from. I am very much from the Digital to Analogue world, and I've yet to clarify a few of the Digital to Digital products in my mind. How can a top end Blu-Ray player be better than a low end one? surely all it is doing is outputting a pure digital format through a digital cable to a digital TV, is there anything the hardware can make a difference with? I mean, theres no DAC when it comes to digital - is it about the hardware decoding? Question 2: I assume that top range Blu-Ray players use high level hardware decoding, then pass un-encoded data through HDMI to the TV. Now, what is the difference between a media player computer with Blu-Ray, and a top end Blu-Ray player. I assume the PC decoding quality is based solely on the codecs installed, does a top-notch codec beat a hardware solution? if so, why not? Sorry if my questions a difficult to answer, but I appreciate the time anyone takes to educate me in this area. Thanks!