Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Nokomis, Fl. USA
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Short of having a full blown Meridian system, I would like to incorporate my 2 Meridian digital speakers, with 2 SP/dif coax inputs only, into my existing Home Theater. They will take up to a 24/96khz input. I currently use them for two channel hi res music in the HT. They sound so much better than my smaller NHT speakers that I would like to use them as the main left and right.
I'm replacing my Integra DTC 9.8 pre-pro with an Onkyo TX-NR929 in two days. It has no digital outs except 2 HDMIs. It has 9 amplified channels and 11 line level outs along with two sub outs. I have a Sunfire True Sub and a repairable second one. I doubt I will need my 7 channel Outlaw amp in there anymore.
I could add similar small speakers for a correct 7/9/11 .1 or .2 setup. But incorporating the Meridians is the issue. I've even been offered a matching Meridian center speaker which might complicate things even more.
I've seen a device from Monoprice with 4 HDMI inputs with 1 output each of HDMI, SP/dif coax, SP/dif optical and analog. They claim simultaneous audio output from each. If you feed it 5.1 you can switch the outputs between 5.1 and 2 channel. Beyond that info I'm not sure how it would work with signals like Dolby True HD, DTS MA, DTS Neo X or whatever. But it does have COAX out.
Including the voicing differences between the two brands of speakers I would like to try this out without assuming it won't work.
Would like to hear opinions on adding digital speakers to an otherwise analog surround system, then known ways to accomplish it.
Thanks in advance
PS The 929 HDMI outputs are identical.