Originally Posted by Sweet
I have been considering the Arcam AV9 as I felt it was more musical than the D1 (and the D2 is unchanged in this regard). It too supports 1080p HDMI x 5. It does not have the impressive scaler function however I was thinking about a separate outboard scaler.
What I am confused about is the HD-True and HD-DTS. Does the Arcam support these as well? I guess what I am really wondering looking for is someone with more technical savy to explain the pros and cons of the AV9 versus the D2.
The differences I see are the greater price, lack of scaler, and superior sonics. Am I missing something?
I can't post a link to the AV9 as I am new here...
Sweet... The new DD DD+ and THD / DTS HD cannot be carried as bitstreams to the receiver for decoding until 2 things happen:
1, HDMI 1.3
2. Content providers author the discs as basic, which would eleimate commentaries and player sounds, for example.. all of the software that has come out so far is advanced authored, and it probalby won't change...
Current HDMI 1.1 receivers (the D2) can pass 1080p video and HD/BR/DVD player decoded 8 channel 24/96k PCM audio... IMO, HDMI 1.3 offers no advantages, and even if new procs and recievers can decode the new codecs, unless the content providers support it, it won't matter... the players now and in the future will do it for you... don't get too caught up in the promise of this new spec.. gear makers have to find a new way to see you gear
Regarding the AV9, it cannot process video over HDMI at all... it is simply a switcher and does no upconversion from non HDMI sources.. And from reading the lit, it looks to be 1.0, and it looks to only do video over HDMI..
I think that the D2 is a fantastic product that offers a lot of bang for alot of buck
The AV9 with a scaler that can match the D2's (and afaik there aren't many) will be more expensive, but if the audio quality of the Arcam is that much better for you, even without HDMI audio, then the choice should be easy for you, but I think you'll be missing out on some cool stuff.. My .02