Originally Posted by mitchgx
I searched through the thread but couldn't find any mention of this, so apologies if I missed it: it appears that the SC-1522 doesn't have multi-channel analog inputs, correct? Will it support DSD through HDMI? Specifically, if I have a universal player that plays SACD and DVD-A, will this receiver deliver true 5.1?
I've been looking for an updated receiver to replace my older non-HDMI Yamaha....it's tough finding a receiver that has everything I want (SACD playback, wireless, dual zones)....they have a handful of these Pioneers at my local Costco and it seems like a great deal, but the specs on the Pioneer website don't make everything clear.
Thanks for any info you guys can provide.
Nope, it does not do that. And, for the life of me, I can't quite imagine a scenario where that would be desirable. I think you are missing the point with this guy: it is a great pre-processor with a metric craptonne of HDMI inputs and loads of multichannel analog audio outputs
. This is made even more attractive because of the very low price and the quite capable, powerful D3 amp section. But the reason to buy this is neither for the amp alone nor for the pre-amp/processor alone. It is an integrated AVR and it fulfills that role well, IMO.
EDIT: I see where you are going. My apologies. I thought you might want to use the AVR as a 9-channel amp for some reason. Yes, it does decode SACD DSD over HDMI and USB only. (At least I think over the front USB port, like the 1222-K.) You should take a look at the manual here: http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/StaticFiles/Manuals/Home/SC-1522-K_OperatingInstructions061512.pdf
EDIT 2: Okay...so the Elite SC-65 apparently does something called DSD-to-PCM conversion. I guess that would be pulse width modulation to pulse code modulation. Word on the street is that these two AVRs are identical, except cosmetics. Read that manual! You may be able to plug your SACD source right into one of the S/PDIF or coax digital inputs. That would be cool.
EDIT 3: Read the Manual. (CTRL F is your friend with PDFs!) You are in business with some sort of digital input, not necessarily just HDMI. A little light will light up on the front panel when the DSD source is detected. See Page 57 of the manual that I linked to.Edited by treyrhodes - 5/1/13 at 9:15pm