I've been reading through portions of the forum and have decided to post a new question. My apologies if this isn't the correct forum. I'm hoping some of you audiophiles have some suggestions that you yourself wouldn't follow, but you might recommend to your cheapskate neighbor.
In-a-nutshell, my needs are:
- 5.1 in a small, 12x15' viewing room
- At least 3 HDMI inputs for 3D passthru (DirecTV HDR + PS3 + XBox 360)
- Am open to either Amp + speakers or HTiB system, hopefully the latter for price point
What I have today is (yes, I'm a cheap, American bastard, older tech/sales):
- 7 year-old Pioneer HTS-260 (actually, XBox 360 branded HTS-SG1 for US$99, bargain)
- 5 year-old Logitech Harmony 880 universal remote (refurb purchase for US$60)
- 4 year-old Mitsubishi WD-65C9 DLP 3D TV (Dell for US$769) + 3D Emitter
What I'm looking to do is ...
HDR/PS3/X360 -> Amp/HTiB HDMI -> 3D Emitter -> TV
The HTS-260, which is quite sufficient for my 12x15' viewing room, is limited on supported 5.1 audio formats, which sometimes doesn't agree with the equipment/audio I use. Additionally, it's a PITA to switch HDMI just for 3D with the Emitter, even if the Harmony remote sets all the audio correct (the HTS-260 has 2xTosh+1xCoax).
And yes, I could get a modern TV, one that solves the 3D issue (and pass through 5.1 to the Amp), but I'm looking to get another 2-3 years out of this TV. Once the bulb goes (I usually get 5-6 years out of a DLP bulb with my limited viewing habits), I'll buy another and recycle the TV to my aging parents who could care less about audio and 3D (like they currently have with my 8 year-old Panasonic 720p LCD projection).
So right now I'm between getting another HTiB, or investing a bit more into an Amp + speakers for my 12x15' viewing room. I really want something with three (3) HDMI ports with pass-thru, and an Amp/HTiB that does virtually every 5.1 format, so I can address the audio + 3D once and for all. I'll probably stop using the Harmony and just use the solution's remote too (the volume up button is starting to give fits any way).
I really don't want to go dropping US$1,000 into an Amp + speakers, although would consider it if it was heading more towards US$500 including speakers. I know that's a tall order, and I was going to wait on a new Amp purchase until I drop it on a new TV (in 2-3 years). Again, I only have a 12x15' room, and clarity is better than power, but not to an audiophile's tastes.
Thank you for your time in advance, and my apologies if this is not the appropriate section of the forum. Please feel free to move it if it is not.
P.S. Internet/services are a nice bonus, but not necessary, as I have a PS3. And in the case it does (as most do today), doesn't have to have WiFi as I have Ethernet at the wall already. I ran Cat-5 throughout my house some 15 years ago, and it's still working without issues. But I won't complain if it has WiFi as well. The 3D passthrough is my primary concern, with most other things secondary.