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I currently have an Onkyo 5.1 reciever that is able to do DTS and Dolby Digital, however it lacks the new formats (Dolby® TrueHD and dts®-HD Master Audio) would it be worth it for me to spend 200 bucks and upgrade to a reciever that can decode those formats?


I have a 5.1 setup with midrange level of speakers.


Thanks for any advice
 

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Subjectively, I did find the lossless formats to be a nice improvement. For movies, the center channel seems clearer and better balanced. For music, the sound and balance seems better across the board.
 

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Going back and forth between lossy and lossless audio never really wowed me like I thought it would. However, going back to listening to a lossy codec after hearing nothing but lossless for an extended amount of time showed me how much better the lossless was.
 

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Thats how it was for me, initially, switching back and forth at first I couldn't tell much difference in listening. But now that I have been listening to the HD Formats, going back and listening to it thru digital coax or toslink I can definitely hear a difference and like the sound of the HD formats on bluray thru proper equipment much more.
 

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The HD formats tend also to be mastered with more dynamic range, so they sound much better on a capable system.
 

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Originally Posted by mxpx5678 /forum/post/19528328


I currently have an Onkyo 5.1 reciever that is able to do DTS and Dolby Digital, however it lacks the new formats (Dolby® TrueHD and dts®-HD Master Audio) would it be worth it for me to spend 200 bucks and upgrade to a reciever that can decode those formats?


I have a 5.1 setup with midrange level of speakers.


Thanks for any advice

IF your AVR is able to handle and process DTS at 1.5M and DD at 640K via optical/coax, then you'll be pretty well set. Those are the usual 2 audio streams you will get from a BD disc via SPDIF.


But I'd suggest you not overlook other benefits of upgrading your AVR, like vastly improved DACs and EQ/setup systems in the newer AVRs as well as other improvements.
 

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IF your AVR is able to handle and process DTS at 1.5M and DD at 640K via optical/coax, then you'll be pretty well set. Those are the usual 2 audio streams you will get from a BD disc via SPDIF.


But I'd suggest you not overlook other benefits of upgrading your AVR, like vastly improved DACs and EQ/setup systems in the newer AVRs as well as other improvements.


I agree, I would like one that can do HDMI switching. in the 200-300 dollar range do you think Sony, Onkyo or Denon make the better reciever (or other)
 

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For $200-$300 range; the only way to go its to get Onkyo 508 for $249; 608 model can get for $369 in newegg. Can decode TrueHD, DTS-MA; plus have HDMI 1.4 if you need to upgrade to a 3D TV in the future.
 

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For $200-$300 range; the only way to go its to get Onkyo 508 for $249; 608 model can get for $369 in newegg. Can decode TrueHD, DTS-MA; plus have HDMI 1.4 if you need to upgrade to a 3D TV in the future.

I ended up getting an open box Denon AVR 591 at best buy for 249. Great deal and I love the receiver.
 

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For that price I would have recommended a refurbed Harman Kardon AVR 2600 or 3600 through eBay factory store (seller - harmanaudio). I used to have Denon receivers before and then auditioned an Onkyo and a HK. HK was much better for my ears. I ended up keeping the HK. Their customer service is top notch too.
 
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