Originally Posted by thebignewt
Ricoflashback: Thanks for the reply. My bad, the cablebox output is HDMI. So you think that it's worth it to get a newer surround amp in order for it to upgrade the cable signal and make it look noticably better. I don't know if the cable box itself does that but the picture looks pretty damn good. The amp sounds good with 5.1.
Like Garnoch says - it's all personal preference.
To me, there is a significant difference in pre & post Yamaha RX-A2000 processing. My source is Directv, for the most part. (720p/1080i to 1080p)
Besides convenience and great sound, it really helps with the sound fields and the "Home Theater" experience. It's also nice to have one area to check the video & audio signal "on screen."
I find that satellite provides a better video and audio signal than cable. In my case, I've had pretty bad experiences with my cable company - Comcast (Long story with Comcast - - I used to have everything with them until I added HDTV sets to my house (mainly my girlfriend's upstairs) and began to get cable degradation. Plus the fact that they blew off two appointments when I stayed home from work and never showed up)
Satellite also has better audio - - at least to my ears. I really think it has to do with compression and not all cable/satellite providers are the same. I do enjoy the 3D channels and NFL ticket on Directv and that is a plus.
I'm a big believer in minimizing risk, so if you want to take the plunge, make sure you can return anything you buy (like from Amazon - they've never denied me a return) so you're not "stuck" if you don't like the product. That way, you can check it out and make sure you are 100% satisfied.
I can guarantee you this - - you will hear a noticeable improvement in the sound processing - - especially with DTS & Bluray DVD. I believe you will also see a noticeable improvement in the video signal & processing.
So - my recommendation is that if you decide to purchase - - make sure you can return it - - no questions asked. Again, my experience with Amazon has been very positive and keep all packaging if you do return.
Best - Rico