Upgrade receiver just for component switching?

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  1. Dwight Amato

    Dwight Amato Stunt Coordinator

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    I have read the thread at the top of the page regarding component video switchers and I am not sure what to do. Currently I have a Sony STR-DA30ES receiver. It has been a great work horse for me for the past 4 years and I have no complaints. It has 80watts x5, DD and DTS. I am pleased with it except for the fact that it does not have any component video switching. My 47" Panasonic has 2 component inputs, but I currently running 3 component devices (DVD, HD Cable box, Xbox). Switching out cables is quickly becoming a hassle and I now know that I will need to do something.

    I can go for the Audio Authority Component switcher for $200 and be done with it. Or I upgrade my receiver to a newer Sony 4ES model for around $650. I figure I can sell my 30ES for around $100 on ebay (hopefully more), meaning it will cost me an additional $350 then if I just upgraded by getting the AA. For the additional $350 I would get Prologic 2, more watts (questionable if needed), and some more stuff. I really won't be able to take advantage of the center surround speaker as my setup is very confining.

    The other issue this brings up is that I will now be at my max of component video inputs. If I add an HDTV tuner for my locals (trying to wait for my cable company to finally add them, but I can't wait forever) or some other device then I will still need yet another device for switching.

    Does anyone have any suggestions as I am really unsure of what to do, and this switching is killing me!
     
  2. John-Miles

    John-Miles Screenwriter

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    Yeah but what if you want to add another HD source in a few months? Id go with audio authority, from your post it dosent seem like you really feel a need to upgrade your receiver so I would not do it just for component video switchign, of course if you want to do both [​IMG]

    Oh yeah and aparently the audio authority is a better switcher than most receivers will ever be.
     
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