Need a new multiport HDMI receiver for $300

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Hey guys, new member here, long time enthusiast. I have have some outdated technology I'm looking to upgrade. I have an old Onkyo receiver that only has component inputs and everything I own now (XBOX, Blu-Ray, TiVo) are all HDMI primarily and id like to make the switch to having everything HDMI. I also have an HD projector and I am looking to split the signals to them so that I don't have to completely re-wire things to get my projector going. Also, I have read that there have been a lot of reliability problems with the new onkyo receivers and their HDMI ports failing, so I'm potentially looking for another company that has reliable HDMI ports. Also, my Blu-ray player (Samsung) uses a coax output that I use with my receiver and I get low feedback hum on it whenever it's connected. I have a shielded cord and so I have no idea what's causing the feedback. So in summary: 1) I need a good recommendation for a replacement receiver with at least 4 HDMI inputs ($300 is my price range) 2) looking for a good way to split the HDMI signal to 2 outputs (I have those $30 switcher boxes but they don't seem to work). 3) looking for a way to get rid of the feedback hum from the coax cable going from my bluray player to my receiver. (it's the only output other than the HDMI, I know, lack of foresight on my part but it was an impulse buy and I didn't look at the input/output info.) Thanks for the help!! DB
 

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1. That leaves Onkyo...for the most part. The "HDMI board failure" is overblown. That is why they come with a 2 year warranty(in case s#!t breaks). 2. Buy the $360 Onkyo and you don't need one... http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR616-7-2-Channel-Certified-Receiver/dp/B0077V88W2/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362591130&sr=1-1&keywords=nr616%27 3. Once you update your AVR, you no longer care. And edit, My bad, you don't need No.2 with the $300 NR515 either... http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-NR515-7-2-Channel-Network-Receiver/dp/B0077V88VI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362591246&sr=1-1&keywords=nr515
 

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Thanks Shan1269, I don't have a 3D tv nor do I plan to get one until the technology has been around awhile longer. Also, I don't have a 7.2 system only 5.1 and this seems to be more of a reciever than I need. While I LOVE that there are 2 outs, is there another model that has 2 puts and is only 5.1? I looked at the -515 model and it seems to be slightly less advanced. I'm not sure though, would it be worth it to bite the bullet and spend the extra money on the -616?
 

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The problems here... 1. You haven't said if you want a new or used AVR. All new AVR are HDMI 1.4. If you "only need" 1.3, check Ebay. 2. Your budget. $300 in Denon gets you 3 rear HDMI and 1 on the front. $300 in Yamaha will get you(till they are gone) RX-V473. I don't think anybody has the 373 left. You won't want it anyway. $300 in Pioneer gets you the VSX 1022. The 522 and 822 are long gone. There is nothing else. Unless you buy used.
 

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David, you should check out the refurbs at accessories4less.com. They all have at least 1 year warranty. They sell Marantz, Onkyo and Denon.
 

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All of the 4 HDMI AVR(not counting the ones with three on the back, up to the NR515/616 which have your two HDMI so you don't need the outboard switch) on A4L... Denon 1312/1513/1612/1613/1912/1712/1713 Marantz NR1501/NR1402 Onkyo 313/RC430/414/R590/RC440/RC360/NR515/NR609/NR616 The two best deals are the Denon 1912(it is less than the 1712, at the moment) and NR616(so you don't need the external switch) The "problem" with the 1312/1513/1612/1613...they don't have any "audio only" inputs...so you are "done" once you connect your 4 HDMI(incase you want to "game" while listening to your Ipod)
 

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My biggest concern with the onkyo systems are that, from what I've read, is that although they have multiple outs the secondary out can only accept analog audio inputs. I think that I might just go with a 4 HDMI, 1 output system because all of my connections are going to be HDMI ideally. I have discovered that I will need an upscaling or upgrading receiver also because of all of my HDMI connections. So, that being said, what would be some good options? As far as used or new, I don't really care but my biggest concern is reliability. I don't want to have to ship back my receiver to the parent company all of the time because my unit is having issues. Would love some more input! Thanks!
 

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You are confusing zone 2 with 2nd hdmi. No AVR in your price range does Digital zone 2. I assure you, both hdmi outputs are really hdmi. And what? You "need" an upscaling/upgrading(which i think you mean upconversion) AVR? No you don't. If your sources are all HDMI you don't need either feature.
 

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Yea if you're going from HDMI to HDMI yea, but it's safe to assume not all electronics will have HDMI. My wii for example doesn't have an HDMI out. I have some older things I'd like to hook up to component or AV cables so I need to make sure there are those inputs too. My biggest concern is reliability, just want a good, reliable, multiport HDMI that I can potentially hook up to my tv and projector. Can anyone tell me if/how the best way would be to wire it with an AVR for the most reasonable money? Thanks!
 

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First time you mentioned having a Wii. So, now you need HDMI upconversion. That takes out all of the Denon that don't start 19(except maybe the 1713...maybe?). That also removes the Onkyo 313/414/509. Are there any other features you need besides the 4(on the rear...cause I'm assuming you don't want one hanging off the front all the time) HDMI and HDMI upconversion(do you need more than one component input? Or are you not using this for the Wii... http://www.amazon.com/eForCity-Definition-Component-Cable-Nintendo-Wii/dp/B000NU9VPW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362687292&sr=1-1&keywords=wii+component ?) Or would you rather get this...and move up to needing 5 HDMI... http://www.amazon.com/HDMI-1080P-Output-Upscaling-Converter/dp/B007PY3ZPG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362687395&sr=1-1&keywords=wii+hdmi
 

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Also, on the used market... We can't help you, unless we know where you are. Craigslist might have something right up your alley. Lots of HDMI 1.3 are listed because of people selling their current one to buy a newer HDMI 1.4. You can search Ebay by distance as well...but again...where are you? At $300, that puts you at a $250 AVR..cause most people charge $50 shipping. Still doesn't get much...cause as you get older... 1. You find fewer HDMI, unless it was a high-end AVR...which won't be $250(unless you are lucky). 2. You won't find HDMI upconversion everywhere, cause it was high end...which won't be $250(unless you are lucky). Here is an example... http://www.ebay.com/itm/onkyo-tx-sr707-/171000441424?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item27d06baa50 But darn it, it is an Onkyo.
 

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Here is one not an Onkyo... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pioneer-VSX-1019AHK-VSX-1019AH-K-7-1-Channel-120-Watt-AV-Receiver-/321083587348?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item4ac212bb14 The only 1 on Ebay that works...and not priced ridiculous(there is one from Canada that they guy wants, essentially, $600)
 

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Here is a Denon... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Denon-AVR-591-5-1-Channel-3D-Ready-120-Watt-Home-Theater-Receiver-Black-/310611426414?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item4851e23c6e Has your 4 HDMI on the back and has HDMI upconversion. The lowest price you are likely to find for a Denon. If you go to the X90 models, you have to buy a 890 to get HDMI upconversion and 4 HDMI... http://www.ebay.com/itm/Denon-AVR890-7-1-Channel-Multi-Zone-Home-Theater-Stereo-Receiver-w-HDMI-AVR-890-/310609421216?pt=Receivers_Tuners&hash=item4851c3a3a0 (The only one in your budget but...doesn't come with the remote. Have fun with setting it up...)
 

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