Originally Posted by seand
I have an old Sony STR-DA4-ES receiver that is still in great shape, but it only has 2 Component inputs - no DVI or HDMI. I love the amp in this thing. It weighs like 50 lbs and is cleaner than many newer amp's I've heard friends using. I want to find a way to handle HDMI and keep using this amp.
The best option I can think of is this:
A 5x1 HDMI converter/switch for about $100http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
I've also thought about getting a $250-ish new receiver with upscaling, and just using the amp of the DA4. ...but that seems like overkill.
What prompted this is that my 30 ft component video cable (going to the projector) crapped out, so it's finally time to make a few upgrades...So, has anyone used the HDMI switcher from my link, or any similar setups to keep using their favorite old receiver/amp?
Can't say I've used that specific switcher, but I've had relatively good luck with MonoPrice in the past. I'd probably pass on a "cheap" receiver if you don't direly need some feature it offers, although at a higher price point it's probably worth consideration (something that includes modern room EQ and video features would probably be worth a look, but figure $500+). I also wouldn't suggest "stacking" two receivers, if you can avoid it.
The receiver you've got now has everything but HD audio decoding, so you're set there (the differences to lossless codecs are generally marginal). And it takes multi-channel analog in, so if you really wanted lossless (or some other device, like SACD multi) you could go that route. You'll have to rely on the outboard device for bass management in that scenario though.
So where I'd be asking questions:
- Does your TV/projector/etc handle video scaling of any sort? (And does it take HDMI in?)
- Do you need 5 HDMI inputs?
- Does this Sony meet all of your needs aside from HDMI? Or are there other deficiencies?
Room EQ aside, adding an HDMI switch here is the logical choice. You could add a full video processor if you wanted, but that will probably cost more than a new receiver (once you get to the ~$1000 range you're really talking about what you have, just with better DSP/front-end abilities)).