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HD Video Receiver Suggestion?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I posted this elsewhere but it was ignored, likely due to posting it in the wrong place. So, now I'll try here.

Due to a recent living arrangement change, I need a new receiver and floor speakers. I also need such items on a budget. I am not looking for high-end stuff for this setup, just something for movies, TV, and occasional background music (for real listening, I use my head-fi).

-I don't need a ton of power, rarely will it get turned up loud.
-It needs to switch HD signals (component and HDMI) and upconvert composite/S-video signals (such that all my video sources get pushed through a single HD out to the monitor).
-It need not be more than 5.1, I kind of think more than that is over-kill and I don't have the extra speakers anyway.
-It should be as inexpensive as possible, $300 - $500 (added features are less important than durability/quality).

Thanks all!
post #2 of 13
So, if I understand this correctly, you need both the receiver and two main/front speakers with a $300.00-500.00 budget for everything, or just for the receiver?

There are a few inexpensive receivers that will provide "most" of the HDMI and component switching you want, but they would eat up most, if not all of your budget by themselves. Still, I can probably work something out to recommend as I have recently had to help a friend with a similar system. Please clarify whether your listed budget has to cover both the receiver and the speakers and I will do my best to help.

Oh, and how many HDMI connected sources will you be using? That's a key factor. And I assume that you have an HDMI input on your television?

JC
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Sorry, that budget is just for the receiver. I expect to spend another $500 to $600 on the speakers.
Thanks!
post #4 of 13
Yamaha. I've owned many, and I always go back. I'd recommend the RX-V series, but they're a bit over your limit.

GAD
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
I've got a good Yamaha in the other room. The Yamahas I've seen that do up conversion appear to start at about $550 to $600. I've seen an Onkyo that has all the features I need for $400 (a something something 605), what are the opinions on Onkyo as far as durability?
post #6 of 13
Alot of the Onkyo models have overheating issues as well as lipsync problems so if you went that route id recommend you buy from some place you can return it to if it doesnt work in your system. Adequate ventilation is a must for all the Onkyo's.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
It'll sit on an open shelf so ventilation shouldn't be an issue. I didn't know about the sync problem though.
post #8 of 13
This reciever has gotten some really great reviews, it basically a stripped down ELITE without the urishi finish. And it does HDMI switching/upconversion.

Pioneer - 840W 7-Ch. THX-Certified A/V Home Theater Receiver - VSX-1017TXV-K

Its also on sale for $450! Although I believe it can be found cheaper on the web.
post #9 of 13
You may want to consider this. A friend of mine recently purchased one and, in this price class, as CNET indicates, I don't know of anything that offers quite as much.

Onkyo TX-SR605 (silver) AV receiver reviews - CNET Reviews

Also, you have to be very careful. There are lower priced receivers advertised as fully HDMI capable that can only handle vide via HDMI, but not audio. And they do not make it clear at all.



JC
post #10 of 13
Since you are on a restricted budget, one thing you might want to consider, HDMI switching and especially upconversion to HDMI dramatically increase the cost of a receiver. You might want to consider using your TV to switch video inputs and your receiver to switch audio feeds. I have found many good deals on Ebay buying a slightly older product from someone wanting to upgrade.
post #11 of 13
I've got a wonderful Yamaha for sale without HDMI.

The problem with that model is that you can't get True-HD etc. unless you use HDMI.

GAD
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brainsalad View Post
You might want to consider using your TV to switch video inputs and your receiver to switch audio feeds.
This option would force me to switch in two places, video on the tv and audio on the receiver (Yes, the tv has a switched audio out but I'd then have to have the tv on when I want to play audio only media). I'd like to simplify the process.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by walls View Post
This reciever has gotten some really great reviews, it basically a stripped down ELITE without the urishi finish. And it does HDMI switching/upconversion.

Pioneer - 840W 7-Ch. THX-Certified A/V Home Theater Receiver - VSX-1017TXV-K

Its also on sale for $450! Although I believe it can be found cheaper on the web.
I'll take a look at this one in addition to the Onkyo. I don't see where it upconverts though.
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