Originally Posted by JBlacklow
So, a box was waiting for me this afternoon, and inside was a nice, shiny Sony STRDG1000. I've played around with it for a while, and here's my take...
PS3: Blu-ray, SACD via HDMI.
Pioneer DV588S: DVD-A, SACD via 6-channel analog
HTPC: DVD, CD, various video and audio codecs via SPDIF
SA8300HD: Cable HDTV via SPDIF
First thing I tried was the HTPC. DVDs work fine, decodes DD and DTS--including the matrixed formats--just fine. It even reads DVDs with PCM soundtracks. Cable box works perfect, 1080i and 720p were no problem. Blah, blah, time to get to the good stuff...
The PS3 works like gangbusters. There were absolutely no problems with handshaking, HDCP, or using the OSD, even when I switched away from the HDMI input. The PS3 said it supported every audio option (around 15 of them) from 2.0 16-bit/48khz to 7.1 24-bit/192khz. One cool thing about this receiver is that it flashes the bitrate on the receiver display, which is both useful (see below) and totally sweet.
For Blu-ray, it passed 1080p and 5.1 PCM with 0 problems. "Talladega Nights" showed "48khz" on the receiver, so presumably it's a 5.1 16/48 soundtrack. "Kingdom of Heaven" was read as "48khz" as well, and the DTS HD core was passed on as 1.5Mbps 5.1 PCM. Side note: The OSD for the PS3 rocks. You get timecodes, video and audio codecs, plus video and audio bitrates. Awesome. "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance" was read as Dolby Digital, to my surprise. I was unable to test "Resistance" due to some temporary router issues, so I'll have to check in later with that. As mentioned, I couldn't get it to do DPL IIx/DDEX or DTS ES mixing on 5.1 PCM. For SACD, both multi-channel and stereo tracks played flawlessly. I thought the unit couldn't go past 96khz, but I was pleasantly surprised that the receiver said the signal was being passed as 176khz PCM. I'll check again, but I think the signals are displayed as 5.1/7.1 even if they're 5.0 or 4.1 or whatever. It doesn't actually mix the channels, thankfully. I couldn't be sure, but I think the PS3 corrects for the +10 LFE on SACDs.
Playing DVD-A via the 6-channel analog from the Pioneer uni also worked fine, although LFE correction is necessary. Thankfully, speaker size/levels/distance seems to work on both analog and HDMI inputs, although LFE correction only goes to +10.
All in all, a very nice receiver for the cost. I've still got some playing and tweaking to do this weekend, but I'm satisfied so far. I've been hearing that it has the internals of the ES line (the 5200ES to be exact), so I'm hoping it doesn't have the QC issues I've both heard about and experienced with previous Sonys. It's doing almost everything I was hoped, it works with my Harmony remote, and it looks nice too.