Yesterday was a fun day - I took a comp day from work (we worked most of the weekend getting a production release out that would have just taken a few hours if everything had gone as planned) and spent the entire day switching over to my AVP.
I started by finally upgrading my Lexicon MC-12B EQ to the version 5 software so I could make sure it was still working fine after the upgrade. It will presumably sell for more $$$ if it has the latest software version. That went well.
Next, I ripped the MC-12 out of my system, pulled out most of the cables, and gave the area behind my system a good cleaning while I had everything pulled out - this was actually quite a project as I have a LOT of equipment.
Next, I hooked up the AVP to the sources, amps, TV, etc. and started working on configuration. This also went mostly well. Since I don't have an HDMI capable TV yet, I still need to use component video, but wanted to hook up HDMI where possible to make the eventual TV upgrade a bit easier.
I ran into a minor snag with my older DirecTV HD-Tivo (HR10-250) - apparently when an HDMI cable is connected, the component video output goes dark. So I ended up going with optical digital and component video for this one.
Another minor snag was that my Sega Genesis (yeah - the OOOOOOLD gaming system) only has composite video output. It took me a bit to figure out that the AVP won't scale a 480i input to 1080i on the component video output. To resolve this, I just ran the composite video output from the AVP to an available composite video input on the TV and will switch inputs on the TV when needed. My brother and I use the Sega to play a hockey game during intermission while watching hockey (maybe the Bruins will actually get good and win the cup again in our lifetimes). The game works out well as we usually finish just before play starts back up by going with 2 minute periods.
Next up, I connected my McIntosh MVP-871 with HDMI and component video, assuming I'd be able to play CD, DVD-Audio, and SACD audio over the HDMI cable. CD worked fine. I haven't tried DVD-Audio yet - will be heading downstairs to try that shortly. However, with SACD, I get no audio over HDMI. I'm assuming this is either a configuration issue on the McIntosh player or possible a configuration issue on the AVP. The manual for the MVP-871 doesn't really make it clear if I should expect SACD audio over HDMI. If anyone has gone through this already, the final outcome would be appreciated.
Finally, the coaxial digital output on one of the sound cards (RME Digi96/8 Pad) on my HTPC doesn't seem to be working well with the AVP - chances are I have a configuration issue on the PC side. When I try to send sound to the AVP, the AVP display seems to indicate it's getting something and shows a left and right speaker on the display, but I get no sound. If I connect the digital output from the other sound card in the PC (Creative Labs X-Fi Elite Pro) to the same input on the AVP, it's working fine so it's clearly an issue on the PC side. I use the RME card to play ripped CD's as it can do 44.1khz while the Creative card converts everything to 48khz. Perhaps I just need to get over it and go with the one card and make my life easier
So far, I'm very happy with the AVP. I haven't calibrated speaker levels and distances yet, but the sound quality seems to be excellent and the feature set is simply awesome. It's going to take a while to go through all the features and options, but it looks like it will be more than worth the effort.
So add me to the list of very satisfied owners.