Originally Posted by MichaelJHuman
I would personally buy something with HDMI audio even if you are buying an older model. After all, last years models are often half the price. But you know best what you want.
so i would get the BD core tracks and bass management with digital-in/toslink from BD player?
wow i think that's the answer for me....
I tend to wait for top level resolutions and save money vs. buying 1080p or TRUE-HD etc....
My 08 panasonic plasma (50px80u) is only 720p but from 12 feet away it looks fantastic with HD cable channels like NBC ABC etc....
I haven't tried the panny with a BD player yet but i'm sure i'll be very happy with it's 720p with BD.
I kind of feel the same way about the HBR codecs .... I want an overbuilt, maybe even flagship, receiver but I only want to pay 500-600 bucks....
With the core transfer via optical it will still sound very very good and maybe even indistinguishable from TRUE-HD or DTS-MA. Especially since i will have no point of reference other than DD and regular DTS.
I'm looking to make the move to a better receiver and BD in about 8-12 months when the price of BD players come down further.
At that time i'm hoping flagship Mega-receivers like Denon 5800-5803a, Pioneer VSX-59TXi, Harman 7300, and Yammy RX-Z9 will be in the 500-650 range given they are around 800-1000 now. These are crazy units that were way overbuilt only a few short years ago.
This should give me more value than a new $500-650 mid-fi receiver next year, better dacs, more power, better design/topology, just overbuilt units in general vs. mid-fi. Plus i just get more intrinsic satisfaction from owning something that once cost $4000 and looks like a tank and weighs 60lbs. I'll give up HBR and Dynamic EQ etc.. for that feeling of build quality.
If i'm off base here and would be better off with a new mid-fi receiver next year vs. an older flagship (given that HBR codecs are not a must have for me) let me know.
The other option is to buy separates next year. Something like emotiva MMC-1/UMC-1 and LPA-1/UPA-1. This option would well exceed $650 i'm guessing even used next year.
My real problem is WAF. I was in college i'd be buying the UMC-1 and XPA-5 from emotiva like it was nothing for $1000+
I just spent $1000 on Klipsch RF-5, RC-7, RS-7, RSW-12 system so i have no reserve WAF points at the moment.
I guess for now i've got to kick it with my Onk TX-SR601 and DVD player toslink (which, with the Klipsch, is the best HT i've ever had).