Originally Posted by lwien
That is, if all things are equal, I guess.
I've been kinda going thru the same thought process. Currently, I am using a Lexicon MC-1 pre pro that cannot take advantage of any of the new codecs. I have heard from others who have had the MC-1 and then tried out an Onkyo/Integra pre-pro with all the new codecs, that it sounded inferior to the MC-1 outputing Logic 7, DD and DTS.
A fair amount of High End folks feel the same way. (highend dd/dts v. non-high end HD audio). I know for a fact with non-high end gear the is a real diff between HD audio and non-HD audio. I don't play with high end movie gear. I hear more detail and the sound stage is larger. It is not like I can't stand no HD audio it is just that it can sound really good.
Maybe folks just like Logic 7 in your onkyo v. lexicon debate? It is a special feature.
Generally high end and non-high end products don't get compared in useful ways, there is to much money involved. I suspect when high end adds HDMI audio everyone in that port of the world will start raving about it.
Point of fact there is just more data in HD audio.
Have fun and do what your ears tell you