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post #1 of 11 Old 08-10-2006, 11:58 AM - Thread Starter
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I currently have an old Technics reciever with only RCA and digital inputs. I want a new reciever that I can play games in 7.1 via analog input. What's a good brand to look at. Looking to spend $200-300. For speakers I have a JBL 5.1 setup with 2 Gemini stage speakers. I plan to use the Geminies as my fronts in the new system. Dual room would be a nice feauture, but is not required
Edit: I have an X-Fi Fata1ty if that matters
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Anyone?
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You'll probably be better off asking in one of the audio forums for advice on brands/models. I can't think of any special features you would need specifically for gaming, so as long as the receiver has a full set of analogue inputs then it should do the trick.
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I was able to snag an H/K AVR-525 for just $350 used. These cost over a grand new and have full 7.1 analog inputs and preouts.

Good luck finding one though as they were made in 2002. Check audiogon

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We'll I would be playing alot of CS:S and BF2 on this system too. Thats why its in here.
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It will be very difficult to find a receiver with a 7.1 analog input within your price range. For between $300-$400 online, you could get a Pioneer VSX-1016TXV or Yamaha HTR-5860. What else will you connect to this receiver? It's important to know because you may want a better quality receiver bought used rather than a lower quality one bought new.
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I plan on connecting my X-Fi Fatalty via component audio
DVD via optical, hdmi when i upgrade
old vcr composite
cd changer optical

If I up my budget to 300-400 does the open more posibilities?
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For your needs, you couldn't go wrong with the Pioneer VSX-1016TXV. You can find it for just under $400 at some online places, and a little over $400 at others. It has HDMI switching across 2 inputs that accept 1080p. These HDMI inputs will handle the audio and passing of video for multichannel sources that do internal decoding of proprietary formats, such as HD DVD players. Like almost all other receivers, it will only do a straight pass-through for devices connected to its 7.1 analog input. The X-Fi has great bass management and calibration options, so this is ideal anyway as you bypass unnecessary A/D - > D/A conversion.
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^ Sounds like a winner to me as well.
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Wow, that is a pretty nice receiver, spec-wise. I may look into one myself.

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I should provide an addendum to the Pioneer VSX-1016TXV. To many people's dismay, its HDMI inputs will not accept multichannel LPCM, and it only acts as a 1080p capable HDMI switcher. It's still an incredible receiver for the price.
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