Current Set Up (TV Room is 18L x 14w x 11h):
5.1: AV123 Reference 2 (fronts), Reference 100 (center), Reference 1 (rears), SVS PC-Plus 20-39
Emotiva UL preamp and amp (LMC-1, LPA-1)
Blu-ray player: PlayStation 3
DVD Player: Pioneer Elite 59avi
80% blu-ray (across all genres - kids, action, drama, etc.), 10% FIOS HD TV, 5% DVD, 5% music
I am thinking about changing my preamp/amp to take advantage of the lossless HD codecs from the PS3 (I have had no issues with the Emos technically or sonically). I know I will need a receiver that has HDMI in (which means I have to pass my video through the receiver) so:
Will I really be able to tell a difference in the audio quality from the lossless formats?
My assumption based on what I have read (seen a few threads here of course on this subject) is yes the audio difference is obvious and can be quite substantial depending on the source material but wanted the folks here to confirm this given my setup.
Will passing the video through the receiver degrade my video in the slightest?
So, the obvious next question, is one of the following receivers better for my situation or is it more of a whatever sounds better to you situation, they are all quality products? To be clear, I do not need (or necessarily want) upscaling of my video, and honestly I don't want the receiver to do anything to the video at all - I want a clean pass through. Since I mostly use my setup for blu-rays I want that signal to be pristine, as though I don't have an intermediary connection. I am assuming all of these receivers have that capability.
Pioneer Elite SC-05
The first three are obviously similar (+/- 10 or 15%) in street price and the Marantz is 30%+ cheaper, wasn't sure if it still fit in though given my lack of need for video upscaling.
Should I use the Emotiva Amp with any of these? I was assuming I would but wanted to make sure that is the right thing to do