I currently have an older HTIB from 2004, a Sony HT-DDW660
. The receiver and all speakers are in perfect condition. It has 5 x 70-watt speakers (I believe 8 ohms only) and an 8-inch 70-watt sub (passive) for a total of 420 watts. My problem is that the receiver has very few inputs, and no HDMI input at all.
I am trying to connect a Blu-ray, my U-Verse cable, and a Roku 2 XS. So I need a new receiver with multiple HDMI inputs. Right now, I have to connect the Roku via analog RCA, so even with ProLogic II, I don't think the sound is as rich as would be with true digital, is that true?
So, what I am trying to decide is, for about the same amount of money I could:
A. Get a new decent AVR with HDMI inputs, and connect the current Sony speakers to it
B. Get a new HTIB set such as the Yamaha YHT-397 or similar (tradeoff being a probably not-as-good AVR, but new speakers)
If (A) is an option, then the questions are:
1. Can I connect the older speakers and passive sub to a modern AVR and have everything work without causing issues?
2. Can any modern AVR handle a passive sub? Or, if the AVR is designed for active sub, should I then buy a new active sub?
3. Could you guys recommend a nice AVR that could work with my current speaker setup?
My current HTIB sounds decent, and used to have great reviews back in the day, so if I can use the speakers with a new AVR, is that a better option than buying a new HTIB?
Here is what I currently have: http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HT-DDW660-Home-Theater-System/dp/B0001LGXO0/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
Thanks for your feedback!