ars92, yes I could connect the PC to the receiver through HDMI instead of optical to enjoy lossless 5.1 streams but I do not see that happening any time soon as it's hard to come by such streams in the PC. What I have not looked into, is the way the signal is being further compressed and/or decompressed until it reaches the speakers.
i.e. In case I was playing a lossless 5.1 stream through HDMI, it should never have to compress or decompress before it eventually reached the receivers' DAC (and eventually the speakers). So in this case the signal would have the least amount of processing.
Now if I have a lossy DTS 5.1 stream (or Dolby) which reaches the receiver through optical fiber, the lossy stream would have to be fitted/recoded into DTS Interactive (from my sound card) to be sent off from the PC and as soon as it reached the receiver it would either be recognized as is and be sent into the DAC or it would have to be decompressed or upscaled to another form of 5.1 DTS before it reaches the DAC.
If the latter is correct it would mean that the optical route might introduce further processing which is usually best avoided. Of course, since we are talking about a stream that's lossy to begin with, this prospective drop in quality might be unnoticeable if it even exists in the first place. More of a thought rather than a concern.
No android here at all unfortunately (what are the chances..), I'm using Blackberry so no easy way to check this right now but I might get a chance in the future and if I do, I'll be sure to report back. For what it's worth, I can vaguely recall reading a review/complaint about the android remote app but I can't really remember whether it was being commented as complicated/glitchy or non functional.
Tomiklan, sorry for taking this long to respond but I'll try to help in case you're still considering this system.
If you are planning to use the TV as the main hub for multimedia, and it cannot pass through DTS or Dolby Digital streams, the Logitech Z906 would not be much help indeed. In case you did find a way to route the audio to the Z906 without having it go through the TV, you could make it work though.
Anyhow, not too long ago I was considering the Z906 but apart from its insane RMS wattage being way higher than the LG's, there is not much else I can compare or comment between the two. Your neighbours would prolly prefer the LG BH7440P
1. Reviews were a PITA, since the product is still kind of new in the market. Plenty of Googling including the dark side of Google a.k.a results past page 1. You can get some reviews in LG's website (also #1
in search results) and also the German amazon.de where you'll need to translate the reviews and then try to make sense. Best case scenario is to audition the system in an electronics store.
2. I cannot really comment on this one yet since I have not spent much time tweaking and testing the system. I am sourcing everything either through HDMI or optical, both of which are pretty much PnP, which is good as I don't need to operate the projector to listen to music from the PC. Streaming audio/video from the LAN appears to be an option but it requires a bit of setting up which I haven't bothered with so far. USB/FLAC playback: never tried it, but I’d be amazed if this didn't work. I'm pretty sure it's on the brochure. I’d really like it if the remote had dedicated buttons for the different inputs (HDMI-1, HDMI-2, TOSlink, FM, etc). Now I need to jump from one input to the next until I get the one I want or go through the interface which requires switching the TV/projector on.
3. Center & rear speakers no worries whatsoever. The central sounds crisp enough for my liking. The low frequencies (sub performance) is probably the easiest way to tell that this is not a system that's worth $1000. I am not an expert in audio so I’m really reluctant in passing judgment on audio equipment. That said, what I appreciate in good audio playback is not being able to tell apart the different frequencies -where the lows, mids & highs start and finish- but being able to hear and feel the presence of all of them. With the BH7440P I feel like the low frequencies are isolated. They kind of stand out which for me is not ideal. Keep in mind though that I have not done much if any tweaking or testing with the system so far and that this is a 5.1 system. I would expect that no 5.1 system will ever perform as well as a pair of full range tower speakers. That said, FLACs sound very enjoyable.
4. The rears do have mounting holes. The cables look to be long but I haven't measured them. In the following days I will have to properly run the cables through raceways which will give a pretty good estimate about their length.
I'll try to keep an eye on here so if anything else comes up, feel free to ask.
Update: Rear speaker cable length is about 10m