My current processor, the Integra DHC-80.3 9.2 is soldiering on flawlessly. It does lack Dolby Atmos, but it does have front Height channels, and front Width channels.
But when activating the front height channels, for some strange reason the rear L&R surrounds become Front L&R Width channels, so you lose part of the 7.1 surround (I think).
If the full 7.1 surround would work, with the front L&R Height channels active, I would simply keep the Integra.
My theater sound system is as good as most commercial theaters, maybe even better than a few. I don't know how much more improvement Dolby Atmos would provide over my current set up. And, it is a cost question...does the reward justify a $2700 expense?
Like my new Epson 5050UB. Yes, It's 4K. But not really that much better than my not-so-old Panasonic 1080P projector. Not $2900 better, for sure.
The new Yammy arrived yesterday. Spent most of the afternoon getting it set up in the theater.
1. Very nice, high quality (heavy) build.
2. Great remote. It has an auto-backlight feature that is triggered when you pick it up.
3. Great sound.
4. Still working thru the menu, but it is fairly straight forward.
Okay...here is the problem (again!), lip sync. It is a serious issue:
Found what might be the problem, and it is the audio processing. Either the DMP-UB900, or the Yamaha. I ran the audio from the DMP-UB900 thru the L&R analog output into a two channel analog system. Ran the video, doing a side-by-side listen and watch test. There was a major (MAJOR) echo (delay) of the processed audio. Zero delay in the all analog, two channel stereo audio.
If we only use two channel stereo, the movies are perfect. Unwatchable with 7.2.2 processing.
Most broadcast cable TV is Ok, with a couple exceptions.
My OSD HDMI from Onkyo TX-NR 609 is connected to Samsung UE55JU7000 tv HDMI IN (CRC) on a One Connection Box that has HDMI IN (STB), HDMI IN (DVI), HDMI IN (MHL), HDMI IN (ARC) and Digital Audio Out (Optical). When watching Netflix or Amazon programmes, I have to get the audio via Optical...
Riddle me this, Batman:
Is it best to run the audio/video HDMI into the Pre-amp, with the video then going to the projector (or TV), or do you run a separate video HDMI to your projector, with an audio only HDMI to the Pre-Pro?
Is it better for the video to completely bypass the processor...
Found what might be the problem, and it is the audio processing. Either the DMP-UB900, or the Yamaha. I ran the audio from the DMP-UB900 thru the L&R analog output into a two channel analog system. Ran the video, doing a side-by-side listen and watch test. There was a major (MAJOR) echo (delay)...
Can we really hear a difference between two amps?
More specifically... between two amps that have been level matched in a controlled listening test. We are not talking about amps that have been modified or are driven beyond their reasonable limits.
What a crazy and completely worn out...
In a word, no. Before you call me crazy (or worse), I have been looking at this in my personal home theater. Our equipment is current state-of-the-art, 4K. Including the processor (Yamaha CX-A5200), projector (Epson 5050UB), and player (Panasonic DMP-UB900).
I even did a side-by-side shoot out...