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I was just wondering whether there are any AVRs fitting the following criteria:

I need a 7.1 or higher AVR which supports HDMI 1.4a with ARC and 3D passthrough. Ethernet support would be great too, but I don't think there is any AVR which supports that yet (and devices aren't ready with those yet too, I guess)

2. I need the AVR to support decode of all HD audio formats. WMA Pro decode over HDMI would be nice too (I know I am restricting myself to the Pioneer models from the last few years with this, so I don't want it to be mandatory). It should indicate the statistics about the audio stream coming in (codec / bitrate / number of channels / sampling frequency / number of bits per sample etc.)

3. I need the AVR to provide me information about the type of video stream coming on the input (frame rate, colour space, (non-)interlaced etc.)

4. I need the AVR to accept video inputs at different frame rates (23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 30 / 50 / 59.94 / 60) and either passthrough the video to the display as-is, or do the appropriate frame rate conversion (suppose connected display doesn't support 24 Hz refresh rate, it should output the video at 60 Hz or some other refresh rate which is supported by the display).

5. All the video post processing features like noise reduction, cadence detection and correction etc. must have ON / OFF switches for selective enabling.

5. I am NOT interested in network streaming / AirPlay / iPod support and other similar add on features.

6. I am NOT interested in higher power ratings
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1. That is all AVR from last year and this year. As in that is HDMI 1.4. Although ARC is a complete waste of time.

2. That is all of them, starting last year as well(except for bargain basement models that weren't equipped for lossless decoding), which I presume you aren't looking for bargain basement anyway. As far as WMA...that one I don't know.

3. Why? Can't your display give you that info?

4. Pretty much all of them with a scaler. Although where are you that you need 25/50hz?

5. Except for DNR, all that goes along with number 4. I have yet to run across an high end AVR with a GOOD scaler that doesn't includer DNR(with the on/off)

6. ok???

7. ok???
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Originally Posted by schan1269 View Post
2. That is all of them, starting last year as well(except for bargain basement models that weren't equipped for lossless decoding), which I presume you aren't looking for bargain basement anyway. As far as WMA...that one I don't know.

3. Why? Can't your display give you that info?

4. Pretty much all of them with a scaler. Although where are you that you need 25/50hz?
As you might have guessed, this is not for the usual home theater setting, but more for test and review purposes (evaluating media streamers / HTPCs / GPUs etc.)

As for (2), I know the Onkyos don't indicate the number of bits per sample of the audio stream coming in. Also, the Onkyo 606 that I am currently using doesn't have a good GUI display, and I have to rely on what is displayed in the AVR's front panel for info about the audio stream. Needless to say, it doesn't have any info at all about the video stream which is being passed through.

For (3), no, the displays I use don't have the extended functionality about the colour space info and other such aspects. Also, ideally, I would like the audio and video info available at one place and the AVR looks likely to be that central hub.

For (4), are you sure that the scaler also does the frame rate conversion? Can you let me know of a AVR model which allows the selection of different output refresh rate for different incoming video refresh rates? The scaler in the Onkyo 606 (admittedly, a budget entry level model) doesn't alter the frame rate at all. So, even though it accepts 25 Hz refresh on its input, it just passes it on to the display which doesn't support 25 Hz (and I get only a blank screen). I need 25 / 50 Hz to make sure I can watch material in that frame rate without molestation (there are some Eizo displays which can accept those refresh rates in addition to the NTSC standards)
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