Help me choose in an unbalanced setup
Hello, I would like some advice and thoughts on a replacement for the PS3 as a source for DVD and Blu-Ray in a rather unbalanced setup.
My video display is a 32" Sony LCD of early generation and only 720p native resolution.
My audio system is more high end.
Monitor Audio GS20 for main speakers
Monitor Audio for centre
Mordount Short bipolar for rear
Onkyo TX-SR805 receiver which is a little old, but meaty and THX cert.
Recent addition of Cambridge Audio Azur flagship amp 840A for stereo duties and slave mode to the Onkyo for the main speakers in 5.1
The music section is based on an external DAC and Sonos. But this is not the question.
As you can imagine many of the higher end Blu-ray players will give much better video processing especially up scaling of DVD. I will not perhaps notice much of this with my screen.
Having listened in a demo to increasingly expensive DVD players as a source for CD when used purely as a transport to a common DAC I can testify that higher quality, all digital sources make huge differences.
From Marantz, Oppo and Onkyo 809 at the higher budget end vs the likes of Panasonics 210 and 310 at potentially a third of the price. Where is the right approach?
I would LIKE to use the internal decode of the Onkyo for HD audio as always felt cheated that my FAT PS3 never sent it bitstream audio for this mode and PCM decoded instead. It will not be used for audio, just 5.1
What do you think?
I could spend a fortune on a Cambridge audio 651 or 751 and use its DACs but a bit of me wants the display on the Onkyo to one day show HD Audio etc for DTS and Dolby, and the reviews of the 805 Onkyo receiver were very good some time ago.