Originally Posted by Chris Albert
Guys wondering what those of you using this think of it? For me i need something that will do the switching and convert LPCM to analog 7.1 to feed to a Denon 5805.
- Analog audio quality?
- Remote? (I had a Kinivo 4x2 and its remote changed channels etc on the Channel Master 7001 OTA tuner!)
- Any other issues?
I guess I'm a little confused about why you would want to use the 7.1-channel analog output of the Octava when you have the AVR-5805 (The Dreadnought) for a receiver? From an audio standpoint I'd be shocked if the Octava had better D/A converters than the 5805. The AVR-5805 also has two (or is it three?) 7.1-channel analog audio inputs.
So, I would think the best sounding way for you to get Blu-Ray audio would be to take 7.1-channel output from a Blu-Ray player with good-to-excellent DACs, like the Oppo, and feed it into the AVR-5805. You'll have to use the 5805's A/D to convert back to digital and then the D/A to convert back to analog, but those are some of the best A/D and D/A combo's around. If you use the Octava, you will have the same number of D/A and A/D conversions, so I really don't see what you gain unless you are thinking the Octava might be a cheaper alternative to an Oppo or similar Blu-Ray player.
If it were me (and it used to be with my old 5803), I'd let the AVR handle all of the audio without using HDMI and let the switcher (Octava was what I used) handle all of the video work. A good universal remote makes it a seemless operation.
The Dreadnought was the king of AVRs for a reason (and it wasn't just the weight). Despite now owning a 5308A CI, I still have a certain amount of envy of those who own an AVR-5805. I might have gotten one but I wasn't sure that our equipment shelf (at that time) could hold it without collapsing.Edited by alk3997 - 1/21/13 at 10:26am