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A/V Receiver and Playstation 3 Blu-Ray Home Theater

by hDm2 / April 8, 2008 11:53 AM PDT

I just bought a Samsung 46" Tv along with the Playstation 3. Now I am looking for an A/V Receiver that would best go along with this combination to play Surround Sound Audio. I would like to keep the cost for the A/V Receiver at 300 but don't want to do that at the expense of losing HDMI inputs/outputs, and quality. Please let me know what you think. Thanks. Oh, and the set up is in my room, so I don't need it to be overpowering.

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If you want a AVR...
by stuntman_mike / April 9, 2008 7:21 AM PDT

with HDMI, the best one that you can buy is the Onkyo 605. It has HDMI ports and will decode all of the HD Audio tracks. It is a little above what you are looking to pay though as it is $399.

If you could spend the extra I would definitely do it as it is a great receiver which has gotten stellar reviews and has great features, especially in this price range.

Check the internet and see if you can find it a little cheaper. But even if you can't, I think that it is the best choice and worth going a little over budget.

Good luck

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by jonnybones / April 9, 2008 7:21 AM PDT

Onkyo TXSR506. The only downside is that it is HDMI pass-through so you will have to run an optical cable from your ps3 also.

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which makes having HDMI totally pointless
by jostenmeat / April 9, 2008 11:12 AM PDT
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OP, remember that HDMI's only advantage in quality improvement is to get lossless audio. If it can't handle audio, it's like having a solar-powered flashlight.

Please look at the Yamaha 663. Similar price to 605, yet has pre-outs, matrixes hi-def over 7.1. It does not have simultaneously variable x-over points, just a selectable universal.

If it was me, Id get the 663 without question, but that's me.

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by jonnybones / April 10, 2008 2:48 AM PDT

"which makes having HDMI totally pointless" = FALSE

What about cool features like HDMI-control, Lip Sync, and the fact that it switches the video for you and you don't have to touch your TV remote everytime you change your source.

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by jostenmeat / April 10, 2008 5:54 AM PDT
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What the heck is "HDMI control"? Do you mean CEC? Lip sync is not a big deal, any receiver has delay settings already built in. You want to recommend a receiver purchase on the basis off not using your tv's remote?? Misguided. The receiver is doing a ton of things, and they are all audio based. Ok, you can use VP, but it's not worth it with anything less than 1k.

There are HDMI switchers one can buy. And you are assuming that he does not have enough slots on the TV itself. If you use the separate slots on the TV, then you can adjust picture settings per input, something you can't do by using the receiver's HDMI output.

I think you're full of it. I will repeat that the only improvement in quality of video or audio reproduction with HDMI on the receiver is for the lossless audio.

The receiver's most important functions include the ability to handle AUDIO signals, decode, matrix, bass mgmt, room correction, and amplify the various channels. To choose solely off the basis of a video switcher is misguided to say the least.

To buy a receiver with HDMI that cannot handle audio is lame. For the same performance you can spend about 1/3 the price w/o HDMI. You're going to pay 300% more just to have a possibly unnecessary switcher?

Instead of buying a $10,000 car, would you instead just choose the $30,000 car because it came with a better cup holder. Well, I actually would get more use out of the larger cup holder than a receiver's HDMI inputs that can't handle audio. If I had such a receiver you can be absolutely guaranteed I wouldn't even use them, and rather opt for direct video connections in this case.

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