I tried using both the MC-12 + Audyssey and R-972 in my system and it didn't work out like I had hoped.Getting the gain stages set properly was a little trickier than I wanted it to be and it resulted with a raised noise floor and levels issues.
You guys sound like you may have found a better way of trying to integrate the benefits of both and end up with the ultimate "Franken" processor.Just don't spend more money than your willing to loose trying to make it work.It could bite you in the a$$ if it doesn't !
If it works out for me, thank Oppo!
Carrying it further, my old Pioneer SC-27 (sitting in storage right now) was the last Pioneer with ADC on multchannel analog ins, AFAIK. If so, I might be able to apply some things like ALC to the final result. Not much else from what I can tell beyond being an amp, but we'll see. I'll probably stick with the Denon as the amp, though. Better for the A/B comparison as well.
Worst case is I have a SOTA Oppo, and a Sherwood I can return in a 30-day window. Assuming we don't blow any tweeters!
Speaking of which, assuming that the Sherwood's ONLY intended to be used as an audio processor for a HDMI single audio source/input incoming as LPCM via the Oppo 103, as I outlined, what are the universal quirks to expect? And where applicable, workarounds? I can search the thread and HTS, but if there's a good place to start....
Assumption is that the unit works out of the box on the HDMI input to be used and the output, and the output strem is connected via analog pre-out (audio), with the unit's OSD sent via HDMI video out to a display chain (HDMI audio off). Only the main zone is of interest, no voltage trigger planned, and a Harmony remote handles everything except possibly set-up.
Edited by sdrucker - 8/8/13 at 9:39pm