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Want a new receiver, constrained by shelf space. Help needed

by nperdue / June 4, 2008 3:09 AM PDT

It's been a long time since I last purchased a receiver (my Yamaha from 7 years ago is still going strong), but I am wanting to begin to update my setup.

Currently I have a Sony XBR 40 inch CRT (that big 300lb plus HDTV they used to make), Klipsch speakers (currently just the front three are hooked up due to getting hardwood floors added in the family room) and a Definitive powered 12 inch sub. I don't yet have a BlueRay DVD player and am just using an "Upconverting" basic DVD, and a Wii

We are likely moving in the next 18 months or so and I will do a more complete overhaul on the home theater then, but in the interim I am interested in doing a couple of things:
1) Get a receiver that is iPod ready and XM/Sirius ready
2) Get a receiver that can scale/upconvert video signals (if that even makes sense for my setup).

Two of hurdles are as follows:
1) This mammoth Sony only sits on its own stand which has a maximum height of 7 inches on either shelf. This means that I am limited in my receiver options
2) The TV is not true 1080p, only 720P or 1080i, and does not have a HDMI in, only a DVI in (I have an adapter for it to go to HDMI).

Based on what I've read the past couple of days, the Yamaha RX-V663 (6 3/4 inch height), the Onkyo TX-SR606 (6 7/8 inches high [probably too close of a fit]), the Harman Kardon AVR 347 (6 5/8 inches high) or AVR 254 (6 1/2 inches high) all look like options. I also looked into the Denon AVR788 or AVR888 (each 6 3/4 inches high).

I want something that will provide some of the new features availables (in particular my wife would really like a nice iPod feature) but recognize that this will likely not have to be the receiver I grow into with my more large scal HT changes in a couple of years.

Does anyone have a sense of how much of a space I should leave for clearance on a shelf so that the unit doesn't overheat? Luckily, the shelves are part of an open tv stand

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I've been out of the home electronics game for a while and boy has it passed me by! If I missed a receiver that would be a good fit (literally), let me know.

Thanks for any and all input

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Your receiver can't handle an I-pod? This is the main reason to get a new receiver?? Otherwise, I do recommend just waiting till you move.

Ok, Im not going to google each one of those receivers. I do know however that the 663 has preouts, which means you can easily add an amp if you have an I-MAX sized theater in 18 months.

Some receivers run hotter than others. When you place it on shelf, put it one extreme side, as that will help hot air escape a bit. Otherwise... well, what can you do? Some people wire up some fans. You'll have to google a bit, or perhaps Audioholics is a good forum, I remember some people talking about that.

As for conversion to HDMI, I don't remember which ones do it fine. As for scaling... hmmm... the ones I recommend are not only pretty expensive, but also just too big anyways. Less than those recs, I bet your dvd player does just as well.

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Thanks for the input
by nperdue / June 4, 2008 10:40 AM PDT
In reply to: n

It sounds like the 663 is a good option to add some usable features now while still allowing for some good options down the road. I want to run my video through my receiver as mentioned and my current (somewhat old school) yamaha does not except component or hdmi (highest quality is s-video) so that, plus the desire to add a nice iPod integration feature and XM make it seem like the 663 could be a great fit.

I was able to find it for $387 and the yamaha iPod dock/adapter for about $60 so I could have the first have of the system for $450...not too bad at all.

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sure thing
by jostenmeat / June 4, 2008 2:47 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the input

ok, couple of things to know.

- it cannot do multiple x-over points simultaneously. While Id like that, it wouldnt be a deal breaker for considering affordability.

- I *think* it can matrix multi ch pcm for rears, but this needs to be confirmed by your or someone else. This WOULD be a dealbreaker to me if it couldnt

- lastly, it clips video signals (blacker than black) 0-25 greyscale or something. However, I think this does not matter except for those who use computer video thru it AND don't know how to use correct settings.

just fyi. I still think its a solid deal, especially for having HD decoders with pre-amp outputs, two of the most important things to me.

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