Originally Posted by rekbones
I understand your reluctance to give it up but its a dinosaur with almost no resale value. The only reason to keep it is for its only two accessible power amps. I threw a Sony CRT HD projector with a MSRP of $16,000 (I bought it used so I didn't pay close to that) in the trash that worked perfectly because I couldn't give the 250 Lb beast away. Unless you have very inefficient speakers a $200 AVR today will sound a lot better.
I took our NEC 9PG+ to the eco station last year. The day we got our RS1, about 11 years ago, was the last day we used the NEC. It still looked impressive on the ceiling for those 11 years, however.
Video technology has evolved over a dramatically different time scale than sound-reproduction technology. Good audio has been around a very long time. Tube amplifiers are still regarded by many, including myself, as far superior to solid state amplifiers. I have a modern, small (perhaps 10-pound), $500, 15
-watt-per-channel stereo integrated tube amp that, when coupled with our pair of Paradigm Studio 100 tower speakers a 4 ohms, creates a reproduction of sound that absolutely blows away the reproduction of the same sound when the Denon is paired with the same speakers.
Well-done vinyl records are regarded by many audiophiles to be superior to digital recordings, although it would be tough to sync-up a record with a video being played in a home theater
When I want truly losses audio I don't go to a movie theater or our home theater. I play our piano or I go outside to listen to the world or I go to a concert hall.
5.1 audio via spdif is just fine for my wife and I in our home theater. Dell and I will find a way to get 5.1 out of our 5060.
Back on topic, a Dell technician put a new MB into our 5060 yesterday morning, less than 24 hours after the Dell tech told me that Dell would replace the MB. After the MB was swapped, when the computer first booted and the tech wanted to get into bios, there was an image on the screen, but after the bios business was done, as soon as the windows logo appeared, the display lost signal. The tech believes that one or more of the drivers installed the previous day, to put it technically, screwed things up -- quite possibly corrupting the new adapter or something in windows itself. He said that if I contacted Dell about this issue that the first thing that Dell would do is tell me to eliminate the new adapter as a possible issue. Therefore, I've ordered a 6-foot, male-displayport- to-male-hdmi cable which should be here Wednesday. I'll then use it to connect the 5060 to our Sony 900e. If the new cable does not work, I'll call Dell support again and, supposedly, according to the tech, there will be some way to restore the originally-installed Windows 10. If the computer does manage to fully boot up and I still can't get 5,1, I'll contact Dell again and take it from there. The Dell tech on the phone said that the computer SHOULD be able to be programmed to allow 5.1. If that can't be done, as a next step, I'll buy an inexpensive sound card and see what happens. If that fails, I understand that connecting the computer to an HDFury device can definitely solve this problem. Supposedly you can program the device to tell the computer that it is connected to whatever display or audio device you desire and, if that is true, then 5.1 should be selectable and I'll re-sell the sound card.