Originally Posted by mamyers
Hello! I am interested in geting some questions answered on the STR-DA5400ES. I have been looking at the Pioneer SC-05 and the 5400, and I think I have decided on the 5400, but have some questions.
1. Is the unit firmware upgradeable? If so, how?
2. Is there any noticeable delay in switching channels? From HD to SD content using a Directv HD-DVR, etc. If so, how long is the delay?
3. Is the GUI available on screen when in 1080p/24 mode?
4. Is there any concern that it is not THX certified?
5. Are there any other concerns when using this with a PS3 (as a Blu-Ray player)?
6. Is the quality of the unit very good?
7. Any advice on where to purchase for a good price while maintaining the manufacturer's warranty?
Also -- I am concerned that there doesn't seem to be that much interest about this model on this forum?
My two cents:
1. Not sure, it doesn't have an ethernet port but does have an RS-232C port.
2. Yes, there's a pretty noticeable delay in switching sources. As much as 5 to 10 seconds.
3. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but the receiver itself isn't 1080p/24 or 1080p/60 selectable. The source coming through is, but the receiver can handle either...I don't have a 24fps capable TV, but it ought to work.
4. Totally personal preference. I was looking at this, an Onkyo, and a Denon unit. Reading through their owner's manuals, I decided I did NOT want THX certification (which I thought I did for MANY years). It's my belief that pure THX modes cancel out any bass/treble adjustments you may make (like listening to 2ch analog direct modes on most receivers). I like a little extra bass and treble, and I realized I wanted the DTS-MA and True HD and didn't need THX "timbre matching", etc...but again that's my preference, yours may vary.
5. Nope except see the comment above...it doesn't bitstream out, it decodes the sound formats internally so all your receiver will display is the Linear PCM throughput (It won't say True HD or DTS-MA).
6. So far as I can tell it's fantastic.
7. Crutchfield sometimes has good prices when things are on sale, Fry's or J&R are usually good bets as well, although there are some folks who offer cheaper online (not sure about the warranty elsewhere though).
Not to start a war (again, just my opinion), but a lot of folks on this forum seem to be Denon- and Onkyo-philes. Which is good stuff...I think the big thing with the 5400es is that it offers HD video in a second room. To get this bit of coolness, you have to pay extra for what some other manufacturers are offering at this price point (mainly network connectivity/wifi, some offer HD radio). You can get at least some of these with a DMPort from Sony. Or do what I did and buy an Airlink wireless music bridge and stream ANY computer app's audio (doesn't care about DRM). I've seen these for as cheap as $40, but there's no display to see what you're doing if the computer is in a different room.