Originally Posted by sdrucker
Arghhh...every time I think that it's silly to be afraid of trying the R-972 I read something like this. Hence why I was thinking about the Rupe Goldberg input from a more stable AVR as a pre-pro, and using the R-972 exclusively for Trinnov processing on a single input.
I spent many a night tossing and turning trying to figure a way to do this. My current pre/pro could do this for optical but not coax and it doesn't have any HDMI, which is one of the reasons I was looking at the R-972. If only the R-972 had A/D on all its analog inputs. If I had a pre/pro with HDMI out then this would work fine, I think. The R-972 would end up being a Trinnov and amp.
On the other hand, you would be giving up one of the nicer features of the unit, which is the custom settings per input.
For what it's worth, would marrying the R-972 to an AVR used as an amp that can apply Dolby Volume help on the volume changes? You might need an older AVR that can do limited processing to a multichannel analog in to make that work, if that's technically possible.
The volume change problem wasn't anything like that, IIUC. The issue was more that when you were fiddling with different things a big blast of sound could come out. For me, I couldn't trust the rest of the family to avoid provoking the problem. Me, I would learn to avoid it
and I would have kept it.
Now that I think about it, I probably could have told them to turn the amp off before fiddling with things. But that would have been just another annoyance as well.
Also, I wouldn't completely blame the R-972 for the reaction time on the Harmony. I have the same issue with my TiVo Series 3, when you try changing channels with the Harmony upon powering on. When we first power on, I usually have to change it to a single digit channel before changing it to a channel we want to watch.
Yeah, and I think the particular Harmony we have is a bit wonky. I got it refurbed off eBay.
Seriously, if I did not have to worry about other people using it, I would have kept it. Or, if I had 7.1 instead of 5.1 I would have kept it despite familial objections. Or it it had 11 channels of Trinnov remapping
For me, it boiled down to
1) "We" didn't love it. I liked it a lot, though.
2) It's easier to get a refund than to sell my old pre/pro on eBay.
3) I'm looking to upgrade my speakers significantly and I didn't want to put them at risk.