Originally Posted by bommai
There are no SACD players that pass DSD through HDMI right now. The PS3 converts DSD to PCM and that is playable on HDMI 1.1 (including the H/Ks). The scaling problem was on the 247, that is why I returned it. It is limited to 720p scaling and cannot be turned off. I don't have any problems with the 745's scaler. Also, they released a firmware upgrade a couple of days ago that could be applied using a PC and the USB port - pretty easy to do. Another person said that now the 745 works with 5.1 PCM from HD-DVD players also (in addition to the already supported bluray players).
I bought my 745 for $775 + $35 shipping refurb. Looks and behaves like new. It comes with the TC30 remote that is a clone of Harmony 720. Pretty cool.
I thought you said the 745 had an issue...sorry
As I understand in the standard of HDMI 1.2, you can pass SACD over HDMI1.2 if the play and preamp meet HDMI 1.2 (now I use the term standard because the manufacture can do what ever they want) and (I have no application experience tring this so I could be Talking out of my A$s)
On Referbs.... I may by a referb locally (probably not), but, will never buy one over the internet/mail order. a) Don't want to buy someones elses problem, and b) Don't want a unit 45 to 60 pound piece of equipment being shipped across the country, again and again and..... If I Don't buy a Onkyo or some other unit, then I may buy a new 745 at Fry's for the price you paid for your Referb. Then I can keep the 745 for 2 years and then buy something that will be much more feature reach then the product out now and a possibly have a decent track record.