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Upgrading to 7.1 / HDMI Receiver

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by geekparrot, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. geekparrot

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    Hi all!

    Brand new to the forum!

    I currently have a 5.1 Onkyo system that's about 10 years old, so I am looking to upgrade to something a little newer. My current setup:

    [*]42" Samsung HDTV
    [*]Onkyo 5.1 Receiver (generic 5.1 receiver)
    [*]Klipsch center, main and surround speaker
    [*]PS3
    [*]Roku
    [*]Cable Box
    [*]Klipsch subwoofer
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    I like the sound of the speakers and all my products in the setup, but I am looking to run all HDMI cables to the receiver, out to the HDTV. My current receiver has no HDMI input/outputs, and I am looking to somewhat future-proof the setup a bit. So my requirements for a new receiver....

    [*]HDMI ports (I assume I need one with passthrough - do I need 4k enabled passthrough?)
    [*]Optical and coaxial audo inputs
    [*]7.1 channels (if possible, and worth it)
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    My budget is a bit modest, however. I am trying to keep it under or around $400-$500 total for the receiver. Any and all ideas are appreciated and welcome!

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
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    $500 is an easy fit. I think even Denon has a $500 7.1.How many dig coax/toslink do you need? Anymore, you get one of each at $500-ish. All HDMI 1.4 AVR do 4k passthrough.(the "feature" is 4k scaling)Passthrough(which is not a feature) is not the same as scaling.
     
  3. geekparrot

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    Actually, now that I think about it, I don't need mane digital coax / optical audio connections, since most of my connections are now going to be HDMI.
     
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    We usually recommend a factory refurbished receiver or last years model on closeout in the $400-$500 range. Ac4l.com is an authorized dealer for Marantz, Denon, Onkyo and now Yamaha. A third party extended warranty is only $35 for 3 years and $50 for 5 years on receivers less then $500. I'd look for a $350-$400 model (some come with free shipping) and get the extended warranty.

    http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/category/AVReceiver/Home-Audio/Home-Theater-Receivers/2.html

    If you want to buy new then consider Newegg.com. They always seem to have very good prices. Avoid brands like Pyle and Sherwood.

    http://www.newegg.com/Receivers/SubCategory/ID-488/Page-2?Order=PRICE

    After you have narrowed it down to 2 or 3 receivers go to their respective websites and download the owners manuals and/or product/spec sheets. I think Marantz receivers are the easiest to setup and use on a regular basis and they also have very good remote controls but they seem to be $75-$100 more then comparable Denon pioneer and Onkyo models.

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    Awesome. Thank you for the tips!!!!
     
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    I would say go with Gene C. Idea.. I had bought a Marantz Reciever there years ago and it has performed Flawlessly I still have it in my HT setup and I don't see any need currently to upgrade it..

    I have a Samsung Blu Ray and Denon DVD-A/SACD and Xbox hooked into it.. the benefit goimg to Ac4less is you can get a more expensive receiver cheaper then it costs new and it is in as good condition. Plus they are an Authorized dealer as said for many brands....
     
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    Just wanted to follow up and again say thanks for the helpful posts! I went with a Yamaha RX-V575. Great reviews and met all my needs for about $400.

    I appreciate the quick help!
     

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