Originally Posted by SMS1977
Won't the new audio formats simply be a software upgrade for the receiver (more of a question from me because I'm not exactly sure)? I'm in a somewhat similar boat regarding my dvd/cd player...I'm waiting for them to bring out a dvd player that supports the new formats (until then I'm using a cheap pioneer).
The Arcam could pass the current codecs that are available if it captured the audio from the HDMI input...right now that input is for video switching only.
When I bought an HD-DVD player and BR player...I sold my old Lex and bought Yamaha 5990 to handle the audio via HDMI. I loved it....but I was underwhelmed by my rear soundstage.
I tried different speakers vs my Paradigm 470's, I tried some difussion panels and nothing seemed to help. I read the review of the 350 in WSR and contacted a dealer.
My plan was to use the analog outs from the Toshiba and panny units for the new codecs and apply the matrix processing for 7.1 set up. To my dismay, you couldn't apply processing when using the analog inputs. I was ready to throw in the towel. On a whim I hooked up the Toshiba via digital coax and put in the Region 2 HD-DVD of the Harry Potter movie...jumped to the dragon battle/competition scene. I was BLOWN AWAY with how involving the DLPIIx processing was with the Arcam. My rears and side speakers opened up to new levels that I had never heard before.
I have become a true Arcam customer. I will wait until they come out with a processor that can extract the audio from the HDMI signal...until then I am content.