Outboard processor or receiver as processor only?
I'm refinishing my family room and now that it's nearing completion, I'm finally getting to seriously contemplate how I'd like to finish the re-build of my old pro logic HT system into a high def system.
I forsee three high def sources: high def tivo/sat receiver, high def dvd, and a high def game machine for the kids. The TV will be a 1080p large screen, to be purchased probably in the fall as 1080p comes down in the LCD/plasma platforms.
The biggest conumdrum I have is what to do in the processor department.
Where high end audio is concerned, I'm a big believer in getting more for less in the pre-owned world, but I'm wondering if I can get away with it with the processing. BTW, this will be a HT-only system -- I have a completely separate 2-channel system in my living room.
The amplification and speakers are done. I'm using 5 200w B&K monoblocks to drive 5 NHT VS-2s. The VS-2 was my old center channel before I broke my system into two systems (as above) and I liked the VS-2 so much I decided to stick with the VS-2 all the way around in the HT system. I still need to get a sub, but that will be an easier decision -- $1k should get me all the pre-owned sub I need.
What worries me in the processing deparment is the HDMI aspect. It'd be a lot cleaner to use a processor/receiver with 3 HDMI inputs and at least one HDMI output. But doing that, at least where a processor is concerned, sounds like big bucks (as it'd have to be a newer (probably new) processor, as opposed to a Lexicon DC-1, say. In this scenario, how much of a processor performance hit would I take with a mid-fi receiver-as-processor-only with the amplification farmed out to the B&Ks?
Could I find a sub-$1k outboard processor that would give me my multiple hdmi inputs? That's the rub, I want to stay under $1k in a processor, but of all the components in a HT system, this is the area that changes the most each year.
Put me on the right track.