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[quote=MartiniMan]Brand spanking newbie here... first post ever, be gentle with me!
I recently purchased a 72" Toshiba 1080p set, love it, love it, love it!
I have cable, and like the rest of us cable users, can't wait for the Series 3 which will allow HD to pass through it (and record). DVDs and HD look fabulous on this set, but all my TiVo programs are barely tolerable - 480i blown up that big is as you would expect. Right now I am splitting the cable - one run to a digital cable box and then the Tivo (Series 2) unit, and the other cable run to the HD cable box and right to the TV - no digital recoding cababilities, obviously.
I am ready to purchase a decent A/V receiver, and am torn between two Denon models: the 2807 (about $1000) and the 4306 (about $2000) models (both HDMI capable). Among other things, the main difference I'm debating is that the more expensive model (4306) upconverts signals to 480p, 720p or 1080i, depending on your choice. The cheaper model upconverts to 480p only. (Quote)
Personally, I would go with the 4306 for two reasons:
1.) the 1080i capability, and
2.) I learned through experience that Denon exaggerates their power outputs quite a bit, so I would go for the 130 watts, rather than the 110 watts. The 110 wt. will in reality be closer to probably about 75 watts. The two I compared were around 105 and 125, and the 125 had MUCH more oomph to it. I couldn't get any real kick out of the 105.
Maybe consider the Yamaha RXV2600, too. It has the 1080i upconverting, 130 x 7 wts. and they've always been known for good sound musically and from video and having the best sounding DSP modes.
Denons (except for the top end model), always have seemed kind of flimsily made to me. The 125 wt. model was built better than the 105 wt. model, though. Yamahas seem sturdier, and I've never heard or read anything but especially good things about their sound, and overall satisfaction with their receivers. Musically speaking, especially with 2 channel stereo, I wasn't all that impressed with the Denons a couple of models back. I suppose they could've improved some since then, though. All the reviews I've ever read about the Yamahas musically were very good. You get a lot more for your money too, as I for one, feel Denons are pretty overpriced. Your paying for the name a lot there. I did think they were very good with video sound, though.