I'm scheduled to pick up this receiver tomorrow night - but due to the workaround needed to enjoy both upscaling of SD and enjoying 1080i HD I'm having some second thoughts.
My question is, if I do the workaround of connecting an HDMI and component from my STB to 605, would I be able to use the audio from the HDMI feed when I'm using the video from component (to enjoy 1080i)? or will it require that I also run an optical cable from STB to the 605.
The other receiver I'm looking at is the Yamaha 661, which I think might be better from an audio standpoint (Burr-Brown DACs i think, pre-outs which i would still have to convince the girlfriend why i needed an amp and can take 5.1 to 7.1 which doesn't really matter to me since I currently only have 3.1 but will upgrade to 5.1 soon and perhaps 7.1 later) but it can't upscale SD TV at all. I don't think the HDMI 1.3 is really that big of a deal, although I believe my TV (65hm167) can take advantage of the lip syncing capibilities, but I don't even know if that's necessary.
decisions decisions....maybe when I go to my retailer tomorrow night I'll send the girlfriend in and tell her to come out with either the 661 or the 605 cause at this point I can't decide...