Originally Posted by avmba
I am placing this receiver in a media closet across the house from my actual TV. If I connect the HD-DVRs (in the same closet) via HDMI, can I set the receiver to output via component?
You're basically asking if the STR-DA5300ES transcodes any of its HDMI source inputs to its analog component-HD output. Good question. Anyone know? Doesn't HDMI's DRM totally prevent transcoding to any analog ouput, including analog component-HD? Or does it? If it does transcode to component, it would only do it at 1080i, right?
Originally Posted by Plex
. . . I have looked at the 4300 but it seems fall so short of the 5300, i'm also reviewing the new Yamahas.
If "falling so short" is the lack of six HDMI inputs, then I agree. But if I didn't need/want that damned composite/S-video upconversion, I'd be buying an STR-DG1100 instead. I don't see a single feature in the 4300/5300 that I would REALLY need, that the 1100 (or even a lesser-model) doesn't do just fine. I mean, it's not like they sound any better or anything (granted, I'm sure 96kHz bitstreams do sound "better," as would 192kHz bitstreams sound even better than that). And this whole Dolby TrueHD/dts HD Master Audio, on-board decoder thing—wouldn't those decoders already be in just about ANY 1.3a-compliant player we're likely to buy in the near-future? Are these on-board decoders supposed to be somehow "better?" The only differences I see between the STR-DA5300ES and the STR-DA4300ES are:
• 5300 has 6 HDMI inputs vs. the 4300's 3 HDMI inputs.
• 5300 has 2 analog component inputs vs. the 4300's 1 analog component input.
• 5300 has 5 S-video inputs vs. the fact that the 4300 has none.
• 5300 upconverts composite and S-video sources to 1080p, and the 4300 doesn't.
Well, I guess, once all typed out, it does look like a lot! But, other than that, the audio performance is identical.
Originally Posted by 4yanx
Mine did not come double-boxed from Sony - though it came without a nick. I sent the exchange back in the same box.
Thanks. Seems Sony isn't double-boxing any of them. Well, I called the Sony service center in California at 3:40PM today. I waited on hold for a quite a while, with no music-on-hold. I hung up and redialed three times, still with no music. Just pure silence. After about ten minutes, I was eventually answered by a woman who was extremely pleasent to deal with. Please be nice to her if you happen to call the California service center—she said she was the only CSR there on duty after 3:30PM!
Anyway, her supervisor is calling me back tomorrow morning to arrange pick-up of the damaged unit. She said they will begin immediately processing my new, Advanced Exchange unit tomorrow, and that I won't have to wait for anything (except for that super-fast, next-day delivery they seem to manage to Los Angeles-area customers). Although I had to deal with the frustration of FedEx' mishandling of my exchanged unit (and Sony's no-double-box policy), Sony has been very pleasant to deal with regardless.