Originally Posted by roxreps
I'm hoping a few of you can give me some straight advice.
I've got an SR8400 I found in my parents house a few weeks ago. Apparently my dad bought it in 04' and never took it out of the box. For practical purposes, is this receiver worth using as my mainstay, and what drawbacks are there? If i keep it, what can i add to it, and If i sell it, what's it worth (new, still in box)?
Thanks in advance.
That's a nice find, it won't be worth much in this HDMI world if you try to sell it, but it is worth keeping for the sound, provided your TV has enough HDMI inputs you can bypass the video in the 8400, especially if you program your remote to switch inputs on the TV at the same time it switches sound input on the 8400. You could use the Component Video switching for all your gear, but some people believe HDMI is slightly better, and is the best choice for components that feature 1080P playback, as opposed to Component Video's limitation of 720P or 1080i only. However, since most displays upscale a 1080i signal to 1080P anyway, there may not be much if any quality loss if you use the Component switching.
You can still get the high-resolution Dolby HD and DTS Master Audio if your BD player has analogue outputs to the 8400's 7.1 inputs. If not, if you use TOSlink or Coaxial digital, at least the "regular" DTS may take advantage of full bitrate for a sound that is slightly better than that on DVD. Then again if most of your viewing is digital TV or DVD, you won't have a need for HD audio anyway. For the Marantz's on-screen display use the unit's Component Out to your TV.
As you can see there are some workarounds necessary, but at least it saves you from spending cash on a modern unit. The bypass HDMI above is what I do with my older SR9300.