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Trying to choose between Yamaha YHT-450 and Onkyo HT-S770

My use will be primarily for home theatre with a DVD/VCR player recorder and eight year old Proscan (for now). I'm concerned about the complexities and many problems with Onkyo speakers I read about and the lack of an S-video connection on the Yamaha. Any thoughts on which might work better and be easier to set up and use would be very helpful. This is my first foray in this direction although I do have a separate low hi-end stereo set up with CD player which I will continue to use for serious music listening.

Many thanks for your help. I sure need it!

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I like onkyo

In reply to: Trying to choose between Yamaha YHT-450 and Onkyo HT-S770

I have upgraded to three different onkyo systems within the last eight years. Not cause something went wrong with them but because of the options that onkyo puts out with their systems. I now have the HTB 777 which can be had for less than 500.00 on sale at circuit city from time to time. I don't see spending astronomical amounts of money on these theaters. This unit does everything I want and then some. It gets as loud as I can stand it and sounds awesome. I'm just an Onkyo fan and have been for a long time. Hope this helps.

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Definitely helps

In reply to: I like onkyo

Thanks. The 770 (the 777 without the DVD player) was where I was headed but I was concerned by the number of people who reported speakers smoking and other problems. The Ymaha--which is available for $350--was attractive, too, but doesn't have S-video inputs or outputs although the receiver gets good marks and the system was rated number 1 by Consumer Reports (on the basis of sound) and the Onkyo number 3. I presume you upgraded the speaker wire. What did you choose? Will 16 gauge do it?
P.S. I am using an eight year old Proscan--great picture, an s-video connection, but no component inputs or outputs. Proscan tuners are terrible, so it is run through a VCR which I intend to upgrade to a Toshiba DVR-4 dvd/vcr recorder and run the S video cable from there to the TV and the sound through the receiver with an optical or coaxial connection. Which connection would be your preference?
Sorry to be so wordy. Just hoping to make a good choice. Your help is wonderful and much appreciated.

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