Originally Posted by hdtv00
I mean nothing he says makes any sense, he's still chasing blacker than black for some stupid reason too even though no video format besides a test pattern contains blacker than black. He can now hear difference between two basically identical audio formats now too. HAHA he's awsome.
Doesn't make sense? Forget normal PC/Desktop use without the normal PC color range. Maybe some people wanna view photo albums or do other PC work/gaming on their HDTV? Not only that, but the loss of 1:1 pixel mapping through the receiver is another major let back - I like my text crisp and clear and not blurry/aliased. A lot of people are on about 24p...I don't see the need for that since it doesn't seem to bother me or my setup, but does that mean it shouldn't matter to other people because I don't have the personal need for it? Actually there was a lot of people complaining about the 663 and color clipping in the 663 thread just like the people here complain about the 24p issue.
Originally Posted by ShadowKntSDS
That doesn't make any sense unless the yamaha is doing something else to the PCM or bitstreamed audio.
I believe the Yamaha RX-663 looses some
features when receiving a bitstream of HD since it doesn't have the processing power to do the HD decoding and add things like EQ (EQ says N/A when bitstreaming HD for example). It is a budget receiver after all. This might be part of the reason for the difference I'm hearing - when receiving PCM some of the functions that aren't available when bitstreaming are working. I kept testing back and forth while the movie played so I could hear the difference about as fast as flipping a light switch on and off (It's as easy as selecting HDMI then 5.1 in TMT - don't have to stop the movie playback to switch back and forth) so I had no down time for my ears to re-adjust - I played certain scenes over and over while switching back and forth. Or the Xonar just flat out does a better job of decoding than the budget Yamaha receiver does?
It's like you could take five different receivers and feed each one the same exact bitstreamed soundtrack and let them do the decoding, doesn't mean they're all going to sound exactly the same. Some will over emphasize the sound on purpose and have more dynamic impact (more fun for soundtrack playback), some will be more close to neutral, some will sound kinda flat, thin, and have less dynamic impact.
Whatever the case may be, I'm kinda glad and kinda disappointed at the same time. I'm glad I won't be missing anything by not bitstreaming over using PCM, but I'm disappointed that all this time waiting for HD bitstreaming didn't open up a new level of sound quality/clarity - in fact ever so slightly
worse on my setup. Be it because the RX-663 looses some ability when decoding HD because of lack of processing power, who knows, but there is a difference.