A few years ago when I got my first 40" LCD TV I had a need to connect my HTPC and XBox through HDMI to get 5.1 audio working. I ended up purchasing an LG HT906TAW (DVD Player) which had 2 HDMI Inputs and 1 HDMI Output allowing me to switch between the HTPC and XBox while giving me 5.1 audio.
The LG unit has many flaws with which I am now just fed up along with now having more than 2 HDMI based AV devices. Long story short I am now in the market to get a 'decent' AVR. I don't want to cheap out this time. I want to get something that will last me for the next 5 years at least. I've got a budget of ~$1500-2000.
I've been researching suitable AVR units and so far the contenders seem to be Denon, Yamaha, Harman Kardon, and Onkyo. There are some heated discussions out there with mixed feelings about all of them. After having gone through them I am more confused than ever.
Also, I have the LG Speakers (4-Ohm) which seem just fine to my ear. I'd prefer to reuse these with the new AVR, but if I have to I will buy new speakers.
Anybody out there that's gone through a similar process? I'd love to hear from people that have had similar requirements for their setups.
Any and all constructive input is appreciated.
My devices (all with HDMI outputs):
- Linux HTPC, watching lots of videos with mostly AC3 and DTS audio.
- XBox 360
- Set Top Box which does both Stereo and DTS output
My base requirements are
- 5+ HDMI Inputs.
The more the merrier. I'm sure I'll end up with more HDMI output devices
- 5.1+ Audio
In case I actually want to use 7.1 or higher in the future
- 1080p/3D/4k Ultra HD Video
For future kick ass TV I'm sure I'll get at some point down the line
- Dedicated input selection buttons on the remote.
Tired of cycling through the entire input list just to go from HDMI Input 2 to 1
- Could not possibly care less about Airplay. Just putting it out there since there seems to be a lot of Airplay related banter in the discussions.
Edited by ali.khalil, June 09 2013 - 06:47 AM.