Originally Posted by cyberianman
Hey TerryJ, it's good to know that you have one. May I ask the following:
a.) Is the DG1000 trully HDMI 1.3v?
b.) How's the HDMI conversion for all input including component/RGB/YCbCr? Do it upscale, say a DVD 480i component to HDMI 1080p? If it so, any artifact introduced during conversion?
c.) Have you tried Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio on it?
d.) Your personal review please...
I'm trying to decide between this one and Pio VSX-1016txv but the DG1000 is newer with better specs and convenience (inputs to HDMI) and HDMI 1080p pass-tru with sound, so less clutter and wiring mess since only one HDMI cable will connect to the display (Pana PT-AE100U).
You thoughts on these is higly appreciated!
The DG1000 is not HDMI 1.3. Dolby TruHD and my DVD-As and SACDs are all converted (by the respective players) to PCM. The DG1000 can handle that PCM but not the native unconverted signals.
In terms of video, it will CONVERT component (and composite & s-video) to HDMI, which it does pretty well (in my limited experience), but it DOESN'T do 720p/1080i upconversion. It can deinterlace, though.
The HDMI can switch/passthrough stuff up to 1080p.
I've used a Toshiba XA1 HD DVD player and Oppo 970 DVD player (both via HDMI) with it. The picture looks as clean as it was direct, so that's good. Both Dolby TruHD (Batman Begins HD DVD, specifically) and multichannel DVD-A/SACDs sound good. I've had to up the bass (for the known issue with these formats) manually, though. Each input doesn't have it's own volume settings, they are global. So it is a bit annoying switching from regular DD via Toslink to audio via HDMI. But the rest of the connections are much more convenient. I have a ton of analog cables sitting on the floor now!
You cannot apply soundfield processing to the PCM coming via HDMI (and multichannel analog, I believe).
The auto calibration has been somewhat helpful. (I had to tweak it, but it did start me in the right direction.)
To these ears, it sounds pretty good. It doesn't sound too much different than my older Sony 5000ES receiver, or worse than my even older Yamaha 2092. I'd say it sounds better than the old Yamaha, thinking about it. The build quality is relatively hefty and looks/feels similar to the ES stuff.
I like it so far, and it's cleaned up a lot of clutter. And the price was good.