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post #1 of 9 Old 12-20-2008, 07:03 PM - Thread Starter
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I am using Panasonic HT 940 HTIB / Panasonic TH-50PX60U ( Plasma TV )-- just purchased Sony S-550 Blue Ray Player -- My problem is that the HT-940 receiver does not have any HDMI -- Optical / Coax inputs. I will connect the S-550 player straight to TV for video but the only option for audio is the standard red / white connections. I am trying to decide if it would be better to purchase a new 1.3 AV receiver with HDMI / Optical connections & keep the speakers or purchase a new HTIB with HDMI / Optical connections.
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I would purchase a new 1.3 AV receiver with HDMI / Optical connections for now. Then upgrade the speakers when you can afford to. If you get another HTIB you are likely going to be having input limitation again.
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Depends on how much you want to spend. Hard for people to offer suggestions without a stated budget.
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as mentioned above, without more info, the entry level a/v receiver that meets your requirements is the Onkyo SR606 or Pioneer 1018
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In the $500 --- $750 Price Range
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I would purchase a new 1.3 AV receiver with HDMI / Optical connections for now. Then upgrade the speakers when you can afford to. If you get another HTIB you are likely going to be having input limitation again.

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as mentioned above, without more info, the entry level a/v receiver that meets your requirements is the Onkyo SR606 or Pioneer 1018

I see Circuit City has the Denon 7.1 Dolby and DTS Home Theater Receiver
Model #: DEN AVR888 for $499 -- what do you think about this receiver
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It's not bad, but you could get the Onkyo TX-SR606 which does hi-rez audio over HDMI for about the same price (or a little less) from CC.

The Denon has analog inputs, and fortunately the Sony Blu-Ray player you have has analog outputs, so if you have your heart set on the Denon, you can have the hi-rez audio. But it looks like an older model. You could get the Onkyo TX-SR506 for $270 or less that will do much of the same stuff.

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It's not bad, but you could get the Onkyo TX-SR606 which does hi-rez audio over HDMI for about the same price (or a little less) from CC.

The Denon has analog inputs, and fortunately the Sony Blu-Ray player you have has analog outputs, so if you have your heart set on the Denon, you can have the hi-rez audio. But it looks like an older model. You could get the Onkyo TX-SR506 for $270 or less that will do much of the same stuff.

Thanks a lot -- Think I will go with the Onkro SR-606
just a couple more questions / issues ( I am not much of a sound / audio guy -- I am more of a computer guy ) anyway here are my questions
1. HDMI cables -- is their any big advantage on buying the much more expensive Monster Cables verses the say Sony / Panasonic brands
2. Here are my Panasonic HT-940 Receiver Specs -- RMS Output Power
Front Ch ---- 190 W / Channel
Surround Ch ---- 90 W / Channel
Center Ch ---- 320 W Channel
Subwoofer ---- 320 W/ Channel
Total 1200W
How does compare to the Onkro SR-606
Like a said earlier I am not much of audio guy -- not sure how a 1200 Watt receiver can be compared to a 600 watt receiver
Thanks again for all the help
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1. HDMI cables -- is their any big advantage on buying the much more expensive Monster Cables verses the say Sony / Panasonic brands

None whatsoever. Anything with Monster on the package is guaranteed to be horribly overpriced. Check out forum sponsor Monoprice.com for well-regarded cables at much cheaper prices (I'm a happy customer). Don't let the low prices fool you. Any cable you get from them will be every bit as good as transmitting that digital info as the high-priced Monster stuff.
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