Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Fairfield, CT (originally from NYC)
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I'm going to jump in here because I am in the same boat. I had been using a Yamaha RXV3000 receiver for the past 13 years, with the main preouts going to an separate amplifier. But I recently renovated my basement and buried an HDMI cable in the ceiling. And want to utilize HDMI connections. (Well to be quite honest I'd like to stay away from HDMI, but the industry doesn't give us a choice about that.)
My projector is a similar vintage as your Epson. I have the Panasonic AX100. Last year I picked up a Denon AVR3312. The projector and the receiver have an HDMI mismatch so I cannot view HDMI content if it's connected through the receiver.
With your older projector, there is a chance that you might run into the same issue if you replace your preamp with a new model, with the latest HDMI version.
Then again, maybe it'll work fine.
In my situation I ended up buying a $30 HDMI switcher from Monoprice. The receiver handles the audio and also analog switching. (I also have a component cable running to the projector.) And the external HDMI switcher handles HDMI.
If you like your Rotel preamp, you might want to consider doing something similar, at least for the time being. It's cheap enough. If I had known that the receiver wouldn't work with my projector I would not have spent the money on it. I would have just used the Monoprice switcher and continued using my Yamaha receiver.
I would like to upgrade the projector and also get a more user friendly front-end device than the overly complicated Denon. I want something that my wife can operate. (She is very smart, but has no patience for electronics. And to be quite honest I'd like to simplify the system too so I can spend less time tweaking and more time watching.)
I'm looking at the Outlaw Audio 975 preamp. It does everything you are looking for. And it also suits my needs too, albeit without any room for growth.
Alternatively I may spring for a Marantz 7701 preamp, though that might be just as complicated as the Denon so I'm not sure it will accomplish the goal of simplifying the system. Really, I think in order to simplify the system, I need to upgrade the projector to something that will play nicely with the receiver so I can get rid of the external switcher. And it would be 1080p as well.