Originally Posted by peteS
It's really designed to be used with an external video scaler / processor - so 2 HDMI's is plenty for that scenario. It's a particular niche to be sure, but there's a few people out there who don't want unused video circuitry in a pre/pro. I'm waiting on the Cary info for this reason, but also keeping an eye on the Marantz 8003 and Integra info (we don't have the Integra option in the UK as yet) as they seem to also offer excellent bang for the buck.
But, it does create a bit of a problem if you don't have a switcher, and if that switcher allows the audio to go through, it would seem to make more sense to go with 'passthru' that just pulls out the audio.
I've currently got the Bryston SP1 a 'purist' audio only processor, and since it's full HD/HDMI upgrade is at least a year a way, and the upgrade just adds 5.1 analog inputs (though I do have a multichannel switcher), I'm looking for something to tide me over and allow for experimentation of the new audio codecs, with a mass of cables in the back of my rack.
Problem is it doesn't really make sense to spend over $2k for a 'tide over', but, I seem to have to pay that to get what I currently need:
- At least one HDMI input with 5.1 LPCM, to use without connection to HDMI display.
- Three optical inputs.
- Four component inputs (with two outputs a bonus).
- Balanced stereo inputs.
- 6.1+ balanced outs.
- 5.1 analog inputs for SACD/DVD-A
1, is the tide-over as my Pioneer blu-ray only does 5.1 LPCM so the HBR would be a bit of overkill. But, getting out audio without a HDCP display may make it all moot.
2, because my TiVo, DVHS VCR, and Airport Express only have optical so this makes things easier.
3, is the annoying one as I have to go above $3k with the B&K to get more than three inputs, for some reason most have more than 4 HDMI inputs, but, only three component!!!!!!!!
4, is for my DJ mixer that has balanced TRS outs; and would also likely be for a DAC, good phono amp...
5, because I'd like to get at least the upgrade from my SP1 that only has 5.1 balanced outputs.
6, could be used for my blu-ray too, but, with HDMI ins, some backwards compatibility.
The Denon Pro DN-A7100 is most of the way there (especially with just XLR outs as that's all I'll be using), just the component issue (though there is room for the fourth set), but, I've got a 4 input Zektor so I'll manage. But, would be nice to have all in one box as it would be nice to use the Zektor with the inputs, but, I can't assign two audio inputs to one component input. The Onkyo/IR is certainly cool, but, I don't really need the video processor, and don't have any HBR capable sources anyway--and it also only has three component inputs, so the Denon would be just fine for now (and at least the all black Onkyo is not nearly as ugly as other, it's also huge and would need to be shoe-horned into my rack). As for future proof, the B&K has plenty of I/O for the future, but, do I really want to spend over $3k, for a temporary fix? And I'm looking at upgrading from my multi-scan CRT HDTV, and complete my speaker upgrade, so there is a budget.