I'm currently in the market for a HTIB or a receiver/speaker combo for a multi-input setup. My Logitech X-540's just aren't cutting it, because frankly, i can only hook it up to one pc at a time, and i've switched between the two so many times that i wore out the jacks on the onboard sound cards. I did, however, end up on top, because this forced me to purchase 2 Xonard DS cards, and i found out just how good discrete audio is (or how bad onboard is). I also have a Uverse HD box that needs to be hooked up via HDMI.
So here are my needs:
5.1 system is preferrable. 7 speakers and a sub is a lot for my 15x12 room. I have no idea how many watts i need to fill a room of this size, but i would like to be able to move the system to the living room once i have the cash to switch to a system that isn't entry level.
Right now, it looks like the HTPC and Gaming PC are going to be hooked up via Optical out. So it needs to have 2 optical inputs, and one HDMI input for audio and video.
I have no idea what the difference between a repeater and receiver is.
My budget is was $300 but, in american fashion, i've decided to spend a bit more than i have, and after seeing a Onkyo set up i've bumped it up to $400. This is the absolute max i can spend. $300 would be better, but if i can get a system that has a bit more upgradeability or is a world away in terms of build/audio quality, the extra $100 bucks is there to be reallocated in my budget.
I've transforming an HTPC into an HTPC/Media Server, so the total purchases of the new Lascala 20-b Computer Case, a CPU Cooler, 3x2TB WDEAR20 , and the HTIB is going to be around 800...I just wanted to stress this, because i don't really need any Netcast (or w/e you call it) online streaming or downloading features in the HTIB, but if it comes along for no additional cost, i wouldn't mind giving my HTPC a rest every once in a while.
Blu-Ray playback isn't important, (my htpc can do that in a spectacular fashion), but is a plus (something i won't pay extra for, although it looks like virtually all HTIB come with BD players now).
- Need 2 optical, and 2 hdmi in as a minimum.
- Need to know the do's and dont's in buying a HTIB (i've always just bought the cheapest receiver on the block, but buying the Asus Xonar DS has opened my eyes to the values of audio processing/decoding ( or w/e the terms are ).
Suggested systems are a plus.