Four Ethernet ports are provided, allowing the receivers to act as a hub for other devices, and two of the the receivers – the STR-DA5600ES and the $1500 STR-DA4600ES – can even output audio and video to a second zone over CAT5 cable, as well as offering 1080p upscaling to the main zone, and 1080i to the second.
On page 108 of the manual for the 5600, do I read that right that you still cannot assign HDMI audio to any of the other inputs?
What's the point of having a dedicated BD button on the remote of a 7.1 amp when it activates a connection that can only support 5.1 audio.
Simialr issue with DVD (although you wouldn't lose anything by connecting with optical/coax for digital audio) but if you have a DVD player with HDMI out for video and audio there appears to be no way to assign it to the actual DVD button.
That list doesn't mention even assigning the analogue 7.1 input in that list, though neither does my 5200 but you can.
Or am I missing something?
Epic fail again Sony. I thought this issue would have been fixed by now.
I have the 5300 and am looking to upgrade to 5600. I don't believe this review, somethings not right. This years top Sony receiver is twice the price of the previous, yet they've cut on components??? I think the reviewers have to wait for firmware update or replace box or they have not set up right with speakers... Surely this £2000 flagship receiver sounds as good as my £1000 3 year old one?
Does the 5600 have the Cat5 Zone 2 port on the back, as on the Sony website, it appear on one image and not the other. In the past Sony have removed these port for the european market, presumably because they could not be bothered to produce the client end device?
I still can't track down the iPod app for it though. Anyone any idea's? I have tried the Sony Corp BD Remote app, and that - as expected - only controls basic funtionality of Sony's Bluray players.