Originally Posted by Michael1960
My understanding from your message, Bob, is that if one is considering upgrading from an non-HDMI equipped AVR to one that does have HDMI inputs, it is not necessary, given ownership of a BDP-83, to purchase a receiver equipped to decode lossless HD audio formats; accurate understanding?
Correct. It is not necessary. I used the Oppo just fine with my older Anthem D2 pre-pro which does not decode. The decoding in the Oppo does the trick.
But keep in mind that market pressures being what they are, attempting to buy a new pre-pro or AVR today that DOESN'T include decoding almost certainly means you are giving up other stuff as well. I.e., the manufacturers are bundling decoding with their other high end features. So if you buy the lower priced product without decoding you are probably giving up some other stuff as well.
Make sure that whatever receiver you get, whether or not it includes decoding, handles high bandwidth, multi-channel HDMI LPCM input properly. In particular, make sure it can do speaker volume trims, speaker distance adjustment, and bass steering (crossovers) for such input. Then see whether any of its value added features such as surround modes (e.g., raise 5.1 input to 7.1 speaker output) also work even with HDMI LPCM input.
See the first post in the "future proof" receiver sticky thread in the Amps, Receivers, Processors forum here for more info on stuff to look for.
One good trick is to download the manual for the receiver you are interested in and ALSO the manual for the top of the line receiver from that company. Then look for the words that are MISSING in the manual for the cheaper product.