Hello and thanks in advance for anyone taking time to help here.... thinking to upgrade to the 1020 from an older Pio 1015 (video switch but no HDMI switching as only one input) which is THX though I don't really like that setting. For me, the money is noticeable at present so I want to be sure it will solve or at least noticeably help some of my basic present issues, hence the following questions. My setup will include an Xbox 360, Comcast HD box, Pani Blue Ray and Toshiba HD DVD all connected over HDMI. My present setup includes awesome Pani AX200U 720p PJ to 110" screen (living room) and Focal Sib/Cub Speakers (with a BA center in-ceiling):
a. Can I assign a particular setup such that, for instance, if I make a "media" function it will play the video channel coming in from the X-box and the audio channel from say a front connected usb or mp3 player (or better yet Blue Tooth)? Or another example "function" would be playing the video channel from the blue ray with the audio from the X-Box? My reason for this is that during parties I like to have a video source such as slides over my Vista network connection playing from the X-box or a cool DVD while music is being fed from a separate live DJ source. I want to know if the 1020 can do this and if it can be setup as a user-definable (and labeled hopefully) "function" (such as PARTY 1), so by pressing that custom labeled function on my Harmony remote it will then give me the setup I have prescribed for video and audio sources?
b. At present, though it may be solvable with my present amp if a person was here to program it, the voice channel is never really great. I have tried to fiddle by increasing center channel volume and a lame option on the amp for increasing voice, but I often have the same issue which is that in order to really hear the voices in movies, I have to have the overall volume set much higher than my family desires so that when the action starts the room shakes. I am wondering if the newer advanced MCACC could help calibrate my setup (without me having to figure out and program in an advanced way that I likely will never get into), coupled with the sound processing in this more advanced unit itself could likely give me more discrete or somehow a better voice channel specifically for movies?
c. Does this unit still have the 7 channel stereo - I love that for party music?
d. Has anyone purchased and hooked up the blue-tooth? I am unclear about what the "internet radio" is, and would love to be able to stream Pandora as well as mp3s from my MotoAndroid the way I do in my car - Pandora One is streamed at 192 bit and has very good fidelity (for my non-audiophile ears). Seems with bluetooth I could sit on my couch and use my phone as the controlling remote for all music in it, maybe even basic video playback from vids taken with the phone etc? That would be well worth the extra hundred investment.... I don't own (at least yet) a newer ipod and definitely don't need an iphone.
for reading and to anyone who takes time to answer. Hope to get positive thoughts and pick one of these up soon.
ps comment - That new remote looks awful and a HUGE step down from my lovely present (5 year old!) Pio silver remote that is easy to use and looks great - WHY DO THEY DO THAT?! even though most of us are using Harmony or some other nice multi, there are plenty of cases where I have to pull out my old remote (like when I need to fight for control with another in the house who is holding the harmony!), that black thing looks terrible, does it even have illuminated buttons for night viewing??viewing??