Keep what you've got. HDMI is a convenience only. Going from what you have to the Pioneer will be a huge step down.
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You can still take advantage of the same uncompressed audio as with HDMI provided your source can decode the new formats and have analog audio outs to your preamp. I "down graded" from an HDMI equipped low/mid level Onkyo TX-SR705 receiver to a flagship NAD T773 receiver with no HDMI. I use my Oppos multichannel audio outs to the NAD's multichannel audio ins and let the Oppo decode the new HD audio formats. I initially switched to the NAD because I wanted a flagship receiver with better overall sound when playing music. Not as convenient as HDMI but the NAD is just a better built, better sounding piece of gear than the low/mid level Onkyo.
On the flip side, the Pioneer receiver you are interested in is of very high quality(as today's receivers go) and does have just about all the modern conveniences available today.
I love lossless codecs. Dolby Digital sounds flat and lifeless now. My system is geared towards High-Def movie playback though. Hdmi is the easiest way to get what I want.Willland makes a good point, with the right gear you can get the same results. It will cost you more money and time to achieve it though.
"Willland makes a good point, with the right gear you can get the same results. It will cost you more money and time to achieve it though."
My point was that you could get a 5 or 6 year old non HDMI flagship receiver or pre/pro for a fraction of the cost of a newer top tier HDMI piece. I paid $350.00 for a "like new" 6 year old flagship NAD T773 receiver($1799.00 new) and $100.00 for a "well cared for" B&K Reference 4430(200w/ch) 3-channel amp($1700.00 new). I also picked up my Oppo BDP-83 for $200.00. Each individually good examples of performance/cost ratio. All together, great bang for the buck to take advantage of the new HD codecs with overall very good sound quality and picture quality.
I have a Pioneer Elite 59 DVI (DVD_a, SACD, no Blu Ray). It has an i link. I just bought a Pioneer receiver that accepts i-link (NO HDMI connections). The sound is great.
firewire will beat HDMI or any digital or analog connection everytime. I would go
that route and not worry about whether you need a receiver, seperates, etc.
Thanks for all responses. I ended up getting a used Anthem AVM20. The surround processing is fantastic, but with 2 channel music reproduction, it leaves me a bit cold. Stereo is actually very clean, nice soundstage, but I can't seem to connect with it emotionally. Is it me or Canadian stuffs tend to be a bit cold and detached? I once had a Classe DAC1 though very smooth and refine, left me a bit cold as well. I had a pair of PSB speakers and they could be cold sounding if not partner carefully. I listened to various Energy speakers and the same can be said. I am currently using a Sim Audio W3 amp and though very musical but if not partnered carefully could be lean sounding and analytical. Maybe I should find a warmer sounding amp to work with the Anthem.