Figured I’d just do a little “me too” contribution.
Finally decided to score a VSX-1021 after seeing them on sale month after month. $299 delivered a _steal_ for this component!
I had an old Yamaha V870 (now migrated to my office), which didn’t have any HDMI IO, so I tried using a Monoprice HDMI switch box. It was a little wonky, not a negative toward MP (love their other products), I just think that’s indicative of a $50 switcher (plus one of the 4 ports was on the front, and the LEDs were retina burning). They did take it back and issue me a credit after 3 months use.
Anyway, figured vs. a more expensive switch, converters, etc., just get a new AVR.
So far it’s terrific. We’re using it with a Panasonic 54” 54G25 plasma, and some Phase Tech speakers that I just recently put in new drivers (mids in the sats and sub).
I turned on HDMI Control on the 1021, and I’m getting the OSD volume on the TV, generated from the AVR. I was vaguely aware there was some kind of bidirectional HDMI protocol for more modern components, but this is my first hands on with it.
The “pass-through” I understand is sketchy because of inconsistent implementation at the source component, no biggie so far, we’re pretty much running the AVR all the time.
I networked it up (see my semi off-topic rambling below
), and got the iPad remote working, plus Airplay. Very slick. Changed a few input labels, messed around with the advanced tuning, I’ll probably do a little more with that later. I did a little focused listening yesterday, and the VSX sounds pretty dang good, in fact, it seems substantially better than the Yamaha I replaced.
(Keeping in mind “better” is sometimes just the subjective sound particulars)
1) It is
2) The Yamaha is going pear shaped
3) The speakers are breaking in (recall, I put new mid drivers and a new sub driver)
4) Airplay directly to the AVR vs. the Apple TV makes a big difference (my previous test with the Yamaha was through the Apple TV, converter, etc.)
I used the same music, AIC acoustic/unplugged, some Floyd (ripped myself with a really high sample rate), some John Williams soundtrack, a little Billy Joel live. re, #4, it’s pretty decent, album art, the front panel scrolls the song info (if you don’t have a display on), not as “purty” as the ATV interface, but then again, what is?
re, networking: I scored an 8 port 10/100/1000 switch from Monoprice with my credit. They sell their own brand (I suspect it’s probably a TrendNet or some such internally) for $25.00 Nice exterior design, auto-switching, etc.
Funny enough, I used **7** ports wiring everything up on the AV rack
Why not WiFi? Latency, sketchy N at that corner of the house (router upstairs), have a GB drop in place (a few components are GB, plus the 100MBs are still faster ... I have internal network considerations too, not just routed/external/internet).