Originally Posted by gunbunnysoulja
You need an HDMI 1.1 repeater or greater. It can be hard to decipher MPCM capability.
Video switching usually means audio is NOT processed. HDMI passthrough is also confusing, as I have seen some marketing as passthrough, but also still process audio. Usually not though.
If you have a few models in mind, we can help you out whether they can accept MPCM or not.
Few inexpensive last gen options:
Yeah, the "passthrough" feature is what gets me. Passthrough apparently means different things to different manufacturers.
I just purchased an Onkyo 606, but experienced the hum/buzz syndrome with any component hooked up via HDMI with a hi-def signal. And no, it wasn't a ground loop. I tried everything, from 3 to 2 prong adapters, to plugging each component in to different outlets, having only one component plugged in at a time, process of elimination, etc. I scanned forums to find thousands of others experiencing the same thing, and I tried many different suggested receiver settings. Ugh.
Anyway, I'm sending it back to Amazon today. The shopping goes on. I want something similar to the 606, but without the buzz problem.
I guess these are the features I'd like:
- HDMI passthrough (both video and audio)
- 5.1 (The only reason I would want 7.1 is for zone 2. My house is so small, zone 2 isn't even a big feature for me).
- Good sound for music and movies. (Movies 75%, music 25%).
- DD True HD/DTS HD codecs. (From what I've gathered, the PS3 might be able to utilize this in future firmware upgrades. Not sure though. If not, then I guess I really don't need this feature.
I just purchased a used set of 3 Usher S-520 bookshelves so I really just want a mid range receiver to go well with those and my PS3.
I've looked at...
Denon AVR 988
Denon AVR 1909
HK AVR 154
HK AVR 254
The Onkyo's (but am hesitant due to the above issue)
And I haven't got around to the Yamaha's and Pioneers yet.