Thanks for the reply. Sounds like the 1040 is the way to go...I ALMOST pulled the trigger on the 2045 that was on sale at Best Buy for $550 earlier today (sold out now though).
All of my media is digital and honestly, I don't to invest too much into this setup. If the converter works, I'd like to go that route, but it sounds like it's not a reliable option. If I get a new amp with HDMI, I'll have to get banana plugs to 1/4" converters too (for my PA speakers). After all of that, I'd be looking at another $150 for something I'd only use a few times a year and I'm already dropping $650 with the screen and projector. I was trying to use some of my existing pieces (like the speakers and mixer) and not build an entirely new setup just for this.
"Why is The Flash in a hot tub?"