Ouch !!! That is majorly steep. So the Onkyo would be a better option for now. Or even an older PrePro if one exists. As a family man now, my budget is not what it used to be.
The link doesn't seem to work but I did see this on the Onkyo site.
From my understanding, you do NOT need to have TrueHD or DTS-HD in the receiver as this is decoded by the player (and has to be as in some cases the player has to 'mix' different sources i.e. for PIP).
So why is the TrueHD & DTS-Hd needed? I guess for other sources, i.e. Satellite, Cable etc.. ?
My projector is not HDMI 1.3 so maybe for now I can get an older Pre-amp or a receiver with Pre-outs that can cope with the LPCM over HDMI? The projector will be upgraded at some stage in the future though (currently only 720p and will want 1080p when the price is right).
Alternatively I can wait a while as for the time being even after I upgrade to Blu-Ray (probably initially via a PS3 then later with a dedicated Blu-ray player or Dual-format player or maybe I should go for the dedicate player sooner but would have to import it as some of my US discs will be region coded).
At the moment, I don't think there are many titles out that I would need this new capability and/or I can live with this limitation for the next 6 months or so. If I end up with a dedicated player with Analogue outs, then I can prolong the life of my current setup. I will however need to buy a HDMI switch as I will have more than one HMDI source.
Hmmm decisions decisions