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Receiver MultiChannel inputs
#436957 05/31/20 02:41 PM
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I haven't been on these forums for a few years; a special hello to the old-timers here!

I'm honestly not into the HT tweaking that I used to enjoy. I've got too many other things going on and am basically looking for plug and play at this point. That being said, I'm setting up my HT in a new house and considering a new receiver.

My current ~5 year old Denon 4000 receiver doesn't handle 4K. I've gone from a TiVo with a traditional Comcast cable to using Roku devices at all my TVs now.

I'm tempted to get a 4K-capable receiver to enable easier switching of 4K devices rather than having to sometimes change TV inputs and receiver inputs independently. It's an annoyance from my point of view, but a serious PIA for my wife to deal with. I almost pulled the trigger on a Denon AVR-X2600H the other night, but noticed that it doesn't have multi-channel analog inputs for playing all my multi-channel SACD and DVD-Audio discs from my older Oppo player.

Am I correct in remembering that multi-channel SACD or DVD-Audio discs only played through analog inputs due to some copy-protection issues? Much as I'd love a new receiver to update my system in the new house, I don't want to lose SACD and DVD-A playback capability.

Also, I'm enjoying a higher level of automation in this house, including my Amazon HD music subscription playing on multiple speakers around the house. I'd like to bring that capability into my HT, and considered buying an Amazon Echo Link for $200 to do that. It was when I saw the new Denon receivers capability to work with Amazon Music HD that I almost pulled the trigger. I can't seem to get info on exactly how the Amazon music capability integrates into the receiver that had me almost buying one just to see. I assume that the Denon treats it something like an app, but I'm not sure. So, question number 2: Does anyone use a newer-generation Denon with Amazon Music HD? If so, are there limitations or maybe frustrations with using the assumed app to find your way to music or something?


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MarkSJohnson #436959 05/31/20 03:35 PM
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Welcome back Mark, I have often wondered what happened to you and a bunch of other regulars from years past. Moving into the newer (at least to me) audio/video techs is in my future as well. I would rather avoid costly and/or redundant expenditures. So I am still in a read as much as I can stage, not in any hurry.
Anyway, good to see you’re still with us.
cheers Jeff

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MarkSJohnson #436960 05/31/20 04:40 PM
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Hi Mark

You can get high res, multichannel SACD/DVD Audio output through HDMI, but not toslink, or coaxial.

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2x6spds #436965 05/31/20 05:00 PM
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Really? That would solve my problem! Was it the case at one time that it was not allowed over HDMI for some copy-protection reason? Or maybe specific players?

And, "Hi" 2x6! smile

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MarkSJohnson #436973 05/31/20 07:01 PM
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I'm just here to say Hi to Mark...

Hi Mark!


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MarkSJohnson #436978 05/31/20 08:08 PM
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Hi Nick! smile


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Jeff_in_the_D #436979 05/31/20 08:09 PM
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Hi Jeff!


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MarkSJohnson #436980 05/31/20 08:46 PM
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I think the higher level Denon still has multichannel inputs 3600 and up.
As long as they're in between HDMI versions you should be fine with protection circuits. As most all AVR now use HDMI for their only multichannel 5.1+ decoding

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MarkSJohnson #436982 05/31/20 09:19 PM
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Mark, the X2600H supports PCM for DVD-Audio and DSD for SACD.


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MarkSJohnson #437018 06/02/20 12:59 AM
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Thanks for the help and "hellos" everyone! I picked up the receiver yesterday (they seem to be somewhat hard to find!) but won't have a chance to open the box for a few days. I guess now I'll have to hope that my old OPPO will output over HDMI!

I'll report back!


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