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HD A/V Receiver

I have a HD ready television (no HD tuner) and an integrated stereo amplifier that needs replacement. What do I need to fill the void?

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Got speakers???

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I am not really clear on what you want, your looking for a reciever that can do HD audio???

Does your TV have HDMI???

The only way to get HD audio is to have a Bluray player. DTS-MA can ONLY be gotten through HDMI, not analogs. PCM, DTS-HD & DDTrue can be gotten through HDMI & depending on the BD player abilities, analogs outs, too. All bd players can do PCM via analogs but that also depend on how many analogs out the player & reciever has so one can get 2.0, 5.1 or 7.1 PCM.

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Well, how about a new A/V receiver.

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There are plenty and they even come equipped with the latest high tech connectivity, HDMI 1.3a.

The hottest seller the last couple of years has been hard charging Onkyo brand. They were first to jump into the HDMI connectivity for the home market. They are not perfect but deserve recognition for recent products with a new standard for value.

Read pro reviews of such stuff right here on C/NET. I happen to have been very well satisfied with Denon products for several years now that I got into A/V capabilities for the home. C/NET reviews call Denon even a bit higher for both sound quality and reliability.

Have a specific budget? We pretty much need that info to better provide recommendations. Different people have different expectation levels for what the want to get involved with. There are a lot of relatively high level products available these days. Occasionally, there are thousand dollar power sources we like folks to know about. Most people have more modest needs.

Along with a group of folks here, I am an old audiophile. I have applied what is a lot of bucks for me to the hobby over 45 years. Not everyone gets as interested in the rather expensive but subtle speakers than I have. A bunch of us do however, encourage "newbies" to spend to go beyond the HTIB (home theater in a box) products. HTIBs just try to do too much for too low a price & that winds up with critical compromises.

For those willing to spend a bit beyond that, we welcome their sound interest with open arms. Let us know, huh?

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