Originally Posted by BFRedrocks
I've compared the 5300ES to other receivers (Denon, Pioneer, Yamaha, etc.) in the same price range and was wondering, for those that did the research, what made you choose the 5300ES over the other receivers?
I know the 6 HDMI inputs are a huge plus for some, but is there anything else that you rated so much higher on the 5300ES than the other receivers that you chose the Sony?
Sound quality was actually my last consideration. I didn't want to take the time or expense to demo any of these units at a high-end, brick-and-mortar store, just to turn around and buy my chosen unit off of Ebay at a deep-discount. I mainly chose the Sony for the following reasons:Sony STR-DA5300ES Key Features:
• Number of HDMI inputs (6).
• Number of composite and S-video inputs and outputs.
• Faroujda upconversion of composite and S-video source material.
• Superior GUI.
• Built-in integration with other Sony products.
• Overall cosmetics.
Many argue that Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer Elite receivers sound better, but I was willing to trade that in exchange for the benefits listed above. Plus, purchasing my STR-DA5300ES from a discount e-tailer saved me quite a bit off of retail, so I'm pretty darned happy with the cost-benefit ratio I achieved. Stand-alone, broadcast-quality upconverters run $1,000s-$10,000s (Faroujda, Miranda, Snell & Wilcox, etc.). To me, with all its video processing capability, the STR-DA5300ES is a videophile's dream AVR.
Originally Posted by LEVEL4
[Kinda off-topic . . . ]
I'm going to get a standard-def, Sony DVD upconverting player (DVP-NS77H). Is the upconversion going to be better in the player itself, or in the STR-DA5300ES' Faroujda chip?
Well, I just cashed in some gift cards at Fry's (and, returned all my unopened, over-priced HDMI cables), and bought the new, Sony standard-def, DVP-NS77H DVD player (upconverts to 1080p via HDMI). Waiting to buy a PS3, when the model-refreshed, 120GB PS3s, hit store shelves (edit: a quick Google search reveals that, they're apparently not yet shipping). But, I'm still wondering if I should upconvert standard-def DVDs in the NS77H player, or in the STR-DA5300ES . . .
[Meanwhile, back at the HT installation site . . . ]
Whew! Finally got the 25' in-wall HDMI cable in to my Sharp, wall-mounted, 65" LCD panel on the other side of the bedroom. One Rotozip, a Sawzall, and a hand-chisel did the trick. This is taking me forever. Gonna try to turn my third
STR-DA5300ES (three's a charm, right?) on for the very first time now, feeding it an already-1080p upconverted, standard-def signal from my new Sony DVP-NS77H player . . .
Still no speakers hooked up yet (plus, Monoprice sent me the wrong subwoofer cables).