Originally Posted by TrevorS
I just finished grinding my way through this 84TXSi thread and the 82TXS thread. I had previously spent a pile of time trying to learn about the Yamaha, Harmon-Kardon, and Denon offerings, and was pretty much settled on the Denon 3806 or 2807, when I bumped into the Pioneer Elite discussions.
1) My number one is sound quality (care a lot about the sound) and I'm looking for something that leans towards neutral, but with clean and reasonably open highs. My general impression is Denon favors a somewhat warm and closed sound. I'm wondering how you folks would characterize the 82/84 (I'm presuming their sonics are the same).
2) Main reason for purchase is HDMI audio for my HD-DVD player. The receiver has to do a good sounding job with HDMI 5.1 and deliver a good video signal (no black or white damage) to my 2002 DVI-D XBR CRT display (1080i native). I curently have this display running very reliably off a Gefen splitter with HD-DVD (blacks and whites are good).
3) Also important is the performance of the 7.1 analog inputs, since they will be handling SACD and DVD-A from my modded Denon 2900.
4) My other sources are all 480i S-Video and component. Those sources will normally be delivering 4:3 material (including plenty of letterbox), so I'm wondering what video transcoding or scaling will really do for me.
(Reason I wonder is 720p/1080i are inherently HD formatted (16:9) and so I suspect upscaling will just distort my 4:3 images. Would the receiver zoom function (vertical stretch?) solve this problem for my 4:3 CRT display?)
5) How does 480i S-Video/component really look when transcoded/upscaled to 1080i HDMI? Is it best to leave it at 480? Any recommendations?
6) Also, I'm looking at HPDirect.com -- do I really need a service contract for Pioneer Elite? (Basically a reliabililty question.)
Thanks a bunch for any and all help
PS. I also posted this on the 84TXSi thread, but lack of any response suggests I also try here. I'm actually looking at purchasing the 82TXS.