So I just got done investing $10k into a home theater system. Dual subwoofers, great 7.1 system using BG Radia in wall speakers. Sounds great.. well sounds great unless you are in the next room trying to sleep. So for those mornings and late nights I want to listen to music or watch movies, going to headphone setup.
I am primarily watching movies thru Direct TV's genie system and I would eventually like to Watch Blu Rays thru the PS3 system (50%) and watch music videos and some MP3's. I have always been an avid believer that a good stage for watching movies starts with a solid system for music. Currently I have:
-Grado RS1 (these are about 10 years old and I just ordered new ear pads due to deterioration. They still sound great.
-X-Can v2 from Musical Fidelity Also about 10 years old http://www.head-fi.org/products/musical-fidelity-x-can-v2
The TV has HDMI: ARC/DVI, MHL plus has a Digital Output (RCA..Orange Plug) and the Direct TV Genie module also has Digital Output (RCA..Orange plug)
What I am looking for are suggestions. I am looking for a small external 5.1 or 7.1 processor.
What is out there? I see a lot that go into computers. I am looking for a stand alone box for $50-200 max. Nice if it had its own remote for volume control but not absolutely required. I am not going on the road with this so it can have its own power supply to go into the wall
I assume I would either go Digital or HDMI out from the TV or Direct TV Genie box to the external Processor then go from the processor to the X-Can 2 Analog inputs? (so its basically downconverting 5.1/7.1 to 2-channel?
Am I looking at this correctly? Any other suggestions?