I have a Denon 2309CI. Apparently I bought this in Jan 2009. Has it been 10 years, already? Huh.
And it seems to have started to fail. A few years back the analog upconverter died, so my Wii is now plugged directly into the TV. At the same time I can't get on-screen menus for setup (I'm guessing a common component). Earlier this month I had to do a hard power reset to get it to display anything. And today, while watching my TiVo, the picture kept dropping, as if there was a HDMI resync happening.
So I figure it's time to upgrade. And since I was looking at getting a new screen...
Today I have:
TV: Samsung UN50EH6000
DVD Player: Samsung C500
BluRay Player: Sony BDP-S590
Cablebox: TiVo HD
HTPC: Apple Mac Mini
Game Box: Wii
The DVD/BluRay/TiVo/Mac all go into the 2309CI and that outputs to the TV's HDMI1 input. The Wii used to, with the receiver upconverting, until that died.
So far, so very old school.
So I'm looking at the S950H and the X2600H. I'm trying to work out what can be a "drop in" replacement for what I have now, and what will allow me to do incremental updates. Obviously, first, a 4K TV with ARC. But then maybe a new TiVo. And then maybe maybe a 4K BluRay player (I do prefer physical media to streaming).
From what I can tell, the biggest difference between the two receivers is that the X2600H will upconvert 1080 to 4K but the S950H won't, so the TV will have to do it. And neither upconvert analog signals.
But other than that, would either receiver meet my needs?
(Minor side note: I currently control the 2309CI via serial and have written scripts ( https://github.com/sweharris/denon
) but I'm guessing both receivers can be equivalently controlled over the network; I see the X2600H has a serial port. )