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Best A/V reciever to connect xbox 360 and DLP projector?

by ulijustin78 / October 16, 2007 12:27 AM PDT

Hi, I must admit I dont know much about this hifi stuff. We have an xbox 360 and just got a BenQ PE 7700 DLP projector. Now we would like to use an A/V receiver to hook everything up. I already researched this a little bit. It seems that the 360 doesnt have this HDMI hook up yet and most receivers just pass the signal through and dont convert it. Our aim is to get the xbox HD DVD player to watch movies in good quality. What would be the best receiver to get? I dont really want to spend too much money since the companies are still more or less developing this HDMI stuff. On the other hand I dont want to fumble with wires on the back of the receiver every time....
Thanks for any help...

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by jostenmeat / October 16, 2007 3:56 AM PDT

"best receiver" and not wanting to "spend much money" don't mix. But thats ok.

why would you fumble with wires every time? Are you a professional audio reviewer that changes out your source on a weekly basis?

What is your budget?
what are your speakers?
how big is your room?
how far are you from the front speakers?
do you like it loud?
do you x-over your speakers?
its seems features are more important to you than sq?
anything else you can think of?
What is your budget?

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Yes, HDMI 1.3 is still developing.
by NM_Bill / October 17, 2007 1:00 PM PDT

Newly emerging technology always has early shortfalls in real world implementation.

If you weren't eager for this, the simple answer would be to wait a year or two or three & performance issues will iron themselves out as well as competition will make them much more affordable when geared up for mass production.

Receivers with 1.3 are being introduced. Cnet has done just a few reviews of them yet. First to market was Onkyo. Their TX-SR605 @$430 delivered is a great feature packed value. It's video scaling of 1080i down to 720p is OK as your BenQ is 720. But it can't handle down scaling of 1080p at all. Read the Cnet review carefully as this could be your lowest cost solution.

I am not familiar with their whole product lines but higher end Sonys & Yamahas have the audio & video upscaling you are looking for.

For all the fans of Onkyo here, I am partial to Denon & Cnet reviews bear this out. The Denon reputation for reliability is just a bit better than Onkyo. I would check out the new Denon 2308CI, $850 msrp. It is the least expensive new Denon with both true HDMI audio switching & video up conversion up top 1080p using Faroudja scaling.

Your choice, my friend. It looks like $430 price of admission now or wait maybe three years when all brands will have it & cheap.

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