I have a bit of a dilemma that I was hoping you fine folks at AVSforum could help me with. Quite a few of you were helpful to me when I was purchasing a TV (Panasonic 58v10) and I'm hoping you can do the same today.
I'm moving into a brand new place next week where I will be taking delivery of the Panasonic 58v10 and am in serious need of a receiver that will take all my inputs. I own a Logitech Z-5500 ( http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16836121120
) THX-Certified Dolby Digital and DTS PC speaker system which I used in a bedroom that was connected to my PC, PS3 and 360. For what it has given me, it is perfect. Moving into the new place, however, has new challenges. Chief among these: the inclusion of an HD cablebox, the need for one singular HDMI input into the TV for wall mounting purposes and the sheer cash-strappedness that comes with purchasing a new home.
As many know, the Panasonic V10 does not output optically in 5.1 or more from foreign inputs (only the ATSC tuner and some web apps). As a result, my Z-5500 inputs (1 coax, 1 optical, 1 6ch direct) are just not enough anymore.
I have been looking for a receiver that provides analog to digital up-conversion, ability to receive digital audio over HDMI and has an optical out within a $500 budget. It seems the Pioneer VSX-9040TXH fits the bill.
The main reason for the optical out? For the time being, since I am cash strapped, I want to hook-up my Z-5500 to the 9040. I know.. I know it is blasphemy to hook up a basically elite level 9040 to a pc sound system (even if it is as good as the Z-5500), but for the next 6-12 months it will be necessary. I would rather spend 500$ on a good receiver like the 9040 and deal with severely subpar speakers now than spend 300$ on a okay receiver and 200$ on a okay sound system and regret it down the road.
My question is two-fold:
1) I just want to make sure the 9040 carries audio over HDMI, some of the sections in the manual confuse this point.
2) Is it possible for the 9040 to output using the optical outs to the Z-5500 receiver through a TOSLink or Coaxial cable and work properly? Will it retain all the data/processing to show up as dolby digital or dts on the logitech receiver (the logitech receiver has an LED that shows what kind of input/output is being played whether it is Analog, DTS, Dolby etc,)? Will it play in all five speakers? I came across this thread: http://www.hometheatershack.com/foru...need-help.html
which implies using an analog RCA to Mini plug cable, but I would like to stay fully digital if possible. I'm not picky about having to go through the logitech receiver instead of the subwoofer (as the subwoofer using a proprietary link to the Logitech Reciever). I recognize the z-5500s use an older audio standard, but a little digital is better than nothing
NOTE: I am aware of this thread from 2 years ago, but it never gave a definitive answer: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1017630