Originally Posted by Knucklehead90
My bad - I know it converts/upscales analog only - and in light of that fact why does HDMI switching take so damned long? It reminds me of the UMC-1 which I owned briefly. Thats what I get for being in a hurry - bad info given out!
The 7030 upscales to whatever your display res is but isn't automatic. Mine is set at 720P which isn't native res for my display - 1080i is but the 7030 and my display didn't want to talk about that! Go figure - so I set it at 720P and it works! But it doesn't make my old Super Nintendo look any better than running straight into my display - FWIW. I had an Emotiva UMC-200/USP-1 setup for a while but I have only so much room in the audio rack which is why I dumped the USP-1. The UMC-200 does audio as good as the USP-1 IMO.
After having used the 7030 for the past few days its kind of growing on me. I like that I can assign a single audio input to multiple HDMI outputs. Why the hell many AVR/AVP's can't do this is beyond me. This lets me listen to music from my HTPC while listening to music over the mains. And the sound quality is very good IMO. I was thinking I'd sell this in a year or less and find something better but it is very flexible. I'll see what I get after running REW.
The PT-7030 does sound fine as a processor and also makes for surprisingly good analog playback in Bypass mode. I managed to get 9 years out of an Anthem AVM 30 processor before A/V synchronization issues finally drove me nuts enough to buy something with HDMI. I've owned various Rotel products over the years, I figured Sherbourn's implementation would retain Rotel's signature sound and the closeout price with a 5 year warranty didn't hurt. I prefer sound quality over features - the less foo-foo items and blinking lights the better.
If you haven't already done so one thing that will help with HDMI switching speed is to set your Oppo and other sources to output to a specific resolution/colorspace instead of "AUTO". The less parameters that have to be negotiated during the handshake the faster switching occurs. Also, due to the weird nature of HDMI architecture keeping to 6' (or 2 meter) length HDMI cables can help. On some systems it doesn't seem to matter, on other systems a 1 meter or 3+ meter cable mixed in causes problems. I use the Monoprice 6' 24AWG High Speed for sources and to the TV, the cables are kinda stiff but function flawlessly and only cost $7 each. The Monoprice Redmere cables generally work good for long runs, I use a 15' length from a Mac mini to the 7030 without issues. I'm not trying to shill for Monoprice as there's tons of HDMI cable choices but overall I've had good luck with them.
My 7030 switches between a Cisco DVR (Cox cable), Roku 3, Oppo BDP-103 and Toshiba HD-XA2 within an average of 1-2 seconds. The video always locks in quickly but sometimes the audio takes another second or two depending on signal type. Most of the time video and audio lock in less than 2 seconds. The momentary audio delay is probably the most irritating issue but is supposedly due to the particular chipset Rotel used. It almost seems as if there's a lack of buffering as audio format changes on cable channels (program>commercial>back to program
) are audible, with my old AVM 30 you never heard those changes unless there was a significant time lapse involved. For the most part HDMI is the spawn of Beelzebub and whoever's responsible for requiring HDCP should be lobotomized for the safety of future generations.