Originally Posted by rbanez
Hello. I had the same dilemma of not having HDMI inputs with my older Denon AVR-2700. But this receiver gave me a bit more flexibility with BR players using my 5.1 analog inputs (no lag correction either or have never used it). It had no lip sync issues that I noticed with this sharp either.
I was using this receiver on my Panasonic BD55 BR which I purchased to be able to use 5.1 on my older Denon w/o hdmi inputs. Two weeks ago, Fry's had a great sale on a newer 2011 model Denon AVR-1712 which had the latest: 6 HDMI, ARC, 3D, 7.1 and the wonderful room acoustic correction Audyssey MultEQ XT built in. Let me tell you the BIG difference it made with how my setup now sounds even when using my old speakers. It's awesome!
I made a small investment of 227 USD (compared to the price of my 70") and I totally agree that sound is 50% of the whole HT experience. So I would suggest saving up or putting one of these babies on your upcoming wish list (best bang for the buck) for the newer "room acoustic correction" Denons and you will never look back! Now I feel that this 70" Sharp (with Jason's calibrated settings) and great sound complete my HT setup that I was always aiming to achieve. Just sharing my experience.
Thanks for sharing your experience, rbanez - glad to hear someone else in a similar position had good results. With any kind of luck, the lip sync problems won't be an issue for me either. Upgrading to a newer receiver has been on my mind for a long time due to the restrictions of my older model (no DTS, no external analog inputs for 5.1/7.1, no HDMI, no surround back, no zones, etc) - on the other hand, the Dolby Digital decoding is excellent, it pumps out plenty of clean power for my 5.1 environment, has absolutely great sound/imaging, and was the top of the line Denon flagship model at the time (meaning it also cost me thousands of dollars - in the 90's!). So I've been stuck in this mindset that if I finally upgrade, then I need to upgrade to a comparable top-quality contemporary model, which would mean another large investment - but maybe I just need to get myself over that and take a look at more affordable contemporary receivers rather than the 2 to 3 thousand dollar models that I can't afford right now anyway. I'm betting that even a mid-range current model would be taking a huge step forward for my home theater.
Can't wait to get this TV on the wall this week-end so I can stop theorizing and see how it actually
all plays out...