I am considering replacing my six year old AVR 987 as I try to solve new network TV audio problems. These problems all started after the installation of a 2012 Sony KDL-46HX750 HDTV. Audio is received through Directv HR24-500 then routed via HDMI to my Denon AVR987.
Over the past 2 weeks Denon, Directv, Sony, NBC, ABC, professional broadcast engineers, cable manufacturers and numerous experienced audio video enthusiasts have examined my situation in great detail. The overwhelming opinion is that the network TV audio issues are directly related to how non-Dolby Digital programming is broadcast as simulated or converted to Dolby Digital. I have replaced all HDMI cables, reconfigured how audio is routed to the AVR, insured all speaker cables are in phase, triple checked Directv, Denon and Sony settings. All this work has been fruitless.
Since my current AVR does not contain the latest AV technology I am wondering if a 2012 Denon would, in general, better receive and pass on today's television signals.
I know I am grasping at straws yet this seems to be my final option.
Please share your opinions with me.