I don't keep up with video gear as much as some people here do, so hope one of those people can help. I saw this LG LDA-511 dvd player at Best Buy with the dvd-audio logo but there was no 5.1 analog output on the back panel, just a stereo output. But there was an HDMI connector. This is LG's page for the same player I guess, but this looks different from what I saw at BB. This is my question: has the HDMI committee/forum/group whatever allowed the HDMI connection to carry 5.1 hi-res signals in a format *any* brand of receiver can decode? I think Pioneer and Denon have digital connection systems for dvd-audio (or is it for sacd?) but AFAIK these are proprietary, use a different connector and won't work with other brands. If there IS finally a common connection method, that would take care of one of the complaints about 5.1 hi-res set-up (sacd uses the same analog connection method). I read through the connection, general audio and dvd-audio sections of the player's online manual, but there was no mention whatsoever of this issue. I thought maybe the LG operated like the Panasonic DVD-S47 which is a stereo-only hi-res player, but the LG's manual didn't even mention that possibility. What gives? Thanks for any thoughts on this.