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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Suburban NYC (NJ)
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ok, more on my status with this thing:
i entertain a lot.
i was set to return the unit for its lack of a 3rd digital optical input or a digital optical output. i need a third input in my projector room, from the STB, HTPC there, and optical from my audio room AVR. no way around it. i could not instead swap out the panny with my audio room AVR since the panny does not have digital out and i need digital output to flow from audio room to projector room since my audo room has my reference CD player, etc.
the fact the competing 7.1 budget receivers do not play "B" pairs/zone 2 when the receiver is playing digital sources, while the panasonic does, means i must keep the panasonic. i must be able to play on a back patio from my projector room AVR. i was pleasantly surprised to find a digital optical switch for $29 which i will try. if it works, then i can switch my 3 optical thru 2 inputs to the panasonic and keep the ability to play 10 speakers at once in my projector room/ back patio area. i'm going to save my money for a better receiver for my audio room, one that can play both zones in digital mode and with a digital optical out- a higher-end panasonic may end up there if one comes out.
i've given up on the remote, and will soon invest in a decent uniremote.
so, in the end, it is the multizone playing ability with digital sources that keeps this receiver in my house.