Sorry I am so late getting back, guys, but my Net connection has been on and off for the last day (mostly off
If this is something you would like to really test ahead of time you are welcome to bring the C2 up to my place sometime to try HDMI all the way.
Thanks for your always generous offers, Shawn, but after catching up on this thread I don't think I will be going that way anyway.
BTW, as you probably guessed, I never ended up buying the Pearl (a friend of mine did instead), but I am first on the JVC RS-1 preorder list, so as soon as it arrives we must get together at my place (finally!). If the RS-1 lives up to the hype it should be an impressive demo...
Why not use the pre-pro in the traditional manner, as the hub of your system (especially for source switching)? Run a HDMI output from the pre-pro to your scaler+display (will allow you to view/use the pre-pro's On-Screen Display).
After reading your and Shawn's comments on this, I agree that this will be the way to go. With either method I will face a situation where all of the sources will be combined into a single input either in the audio processor or the video processor, and the VP is very capable of executing multiple memory settings for a single input, so that seems like the better solution, especially considering the possibility of having audio dropouts when routed through the VP first.
If I do go with an AVR for a Pre / Pro, I am leaning toward the Yamaha 2700. It has more audio processing features than the rest of their units and they seam to be dependable, more so than Denon even (which has HDMI audio processing).
I'll take a look at it for sure! But you have to remember that the Lex is a pretty tough act to follow, so I will step cautiously before making any radical changes from a piece of gear that has served me so incredibly well. I just wish I could transform my current MC-12 to the HDMI version for a reasonable sum of money...
That is an interesting case as on something like the HD-A1 it actually isn't possible to listen to the full DTS-HD soundtrack in any manor at all via. analog or HDMI. The player decodes the core data and either converts that to analog or spits it out as LPCM over HDMI. I suspect the same thing would occur with a v1.3 capable player that didn't have a true DTS-HD decoder in it when presented with Advanced Coding/Content.
Ah, well that would explain why I wasn't so blown away when listening to DTS-HD over analog! Do you know if this has been (or will be) corrected in the HD-XA2? Mine just arrived a few minutes ago...
Another way is to add a little 7" LCD to your system and just feed the composite OSD output of your pre-pro to it and use that to see the OSD.
I've seen Shawn's setup and it is very cool! Not only is it an effective solution for OSD but it has this really high tech kind of look to it. Shawn keeps the screen so it is not obtrusive to people in the theater yet he can watch it at any given time to make adjustments as necessary.
I use a similar setup in that I feed the s-video output (the one with OSD of course) from the Lex to the MyHD card in my HTPC. Then I just have to open up the MyHD app on my computer monitor and watch the OSD in that window. The problem is that the computer monitor lights up the room way too much, so I think I'll buy one of those cool little LCDs like Shawn has...
A unit that has an IR remote to turn it on/off is nice as then you can turn it on and off by remote. In my case I can turn the 12v power on/off remotely so I use that to turn the display on/off as needed.
Great idea! Then I could program the power function into a macro on my remote.
I believe the Anthem AVM40 does.
I plan on checking out Anthem products once again, but unless AVS is finally allowed to sell them, I don't know if I will pursue them or not.
Sanjay and other Lex owners, have all of you guys changed your MC-12s for MC12-HDs? Or has anyone defected to another product line?