I'm trying to put together a system that sounds good on CDs (I don't have any SACDs) as well as a home theater setup, and I'm trying to do it on a fairly lean budget, esp. in these crazy economic times.
I'll have to start out at only 3.1 and add more later.
So far, I have a pair of Energy C-100 and an Energy C-C100 center channel, along with a BIC Acoustech H-100 subwoofer. I think I'm going with an Onkyo TXSR606 HT receiver (Off topic: Any alternate suggestions in the $320 price range welcomed!)
In the future I'll add some Energy C-50 speakers for the surrounds.
I have a Samsung PN50A450 plasma that displays at 720p or 1080i.
I was planning on connecting everything with HDMI 1.3 cables from monoprice.
Frankly, all the alphabet soup that the audio/video industry uses today confuses me. Am I the only one who remembers listening to a demo at Tech HiFi with Large Advent speakers, a Thorens turntable, and a Kenwood receiver? Things seemed a lot simpler back then...
OK, back to my question. Using the equipment I mentioned above, and connected with the HDMI 1.3 cables, am I going to be limited in what I can play using CDs or DVDs if I purchase the 48AV?
Or the formats I can use?
I was surprised to see an Elite unit selling for the Vann's price. I had been looking at the standard upconverting Toshiba and Sony DVD players.
Does the fact that the 48AV is over a year old limit it's ability to play the "alphabet soup" audio formats compared with a newer (but less quality build, etc.) model?
I believe the 48AV outputs at HDMI 1.2 and not 1.3....does this limit things?
I'm hoping to avoid ordering the 48AV and then finding out something like, "Well, to play THAT DVD (or CD, etc.) you need to use the optical (or component, etc) output and switch over to.........." type of situation. I'd like to keep it simple (don't add "stupid") and simply use the HDMI cables.