Originally Posted by LDBecker
From what I'm reading on this forum, it doesn't seem like Pioneer will offer a HDMI upgrade for the 59txi, but it does seem that some new dvd players will pass audio through the analog inputs of the 59txi. Then I could, in theory, connect the HDMI cable directly to the panel and route audio directly to the receiver to be adjusted and bass managed there.
I have a HD-A1 connected to my 59TXi with coax SPDIF. DD+ soundtrack on HD-DVDs will be converted to high bit-rate DTS. I have tried the multi-channels analog outputs on the Toshiba yet (no 6 analog audio interconnect around) so I have no idea how big a difference it will make for DD+. But using the MCACC on the analog multi-channels inputs means the receiver will need to do additional AD -> DA conversion, which I have not even mention the DA conversion on the A1 (which has problem with matching the LFE level with the others). I'm more incline to use the SPDIF connection for now.
I also have a Monoprice 5x1 HDMI switch for my HDMI sources (Denon 3910, HD-A1 and Samsung HD850) such that I can change video sources for my projector and manage the audio for these by the receiver. For the others (components from PS2, XBOX and XBOX360, and S-video/composite from Gamecube, Dreamcast, PC-Engine and LD player) I use the receiver as the switch. So, sources switching is not really a big issue for me at the moment. I'd like the ability to do it on the receiver alone on HDMI with my Denon and Toshiba but it is working fine for now.
My Denon 3910 is connected to the 59TXi with i.Link for SACD and DVD-A. I wish my HD-A1 has that option as well
I use this receiver as the "DAC" for these two high-res format for my 2 channels tube pre + power amps (they are driver the front channels for the HT part of my system). I think the MCACC also applies to 2 channel "stream direct" mode when I choose the 2 channel "layer" on SACDs - the sound is balanced and smooth. Sometimes I don't even bother to turn on my Musical Fidelity DAC and just use the Elite for everything
I have also use this as the "sound card" for my PC as well w/ USB port. The PC recognize it as the Pioneer "sound card" device and I can use it for multichannels movies, games, etc. (for AC-3, DTS, etc. stream you will need to install a freeware called "AC3 Filter" before it will send the stream over via the USB link). Hey! You can even use it under Mac OSX 10.4.5/6 (I have tried earlier version) on USB as a "sound card" even though it is not mentioned in the manual.
The only thing that I don't like is the remote: it's operation is extremely sluggish and it is not really that customizable. It is cool to look at and play with for a while but after the "wow" factor is gone it is a pretty dismal remote. I think I will get a Logitech Harmonic remote.
BTW, I'm also waiting for the next Elite flagship. I don't think the new 84TXi is the one. I have not listen to or see the real thing but looking at the picture it doesn't have the flagship built quality (e.g. speaker binding posts, etc.). Anyone know when will it be available? TIA! Since I just got this Elite last year I'm in no rush to replace it.