Originally Posted by alpha366i
What sound volume is the reference level?
What is your ideal choice for best bang for the buck receiver if its not the 304?
My PS3 is connected to the receiver through optical toslink cable.
If you have a PS3, you should jsut do yourself a favor and buy the 606 as suggested in this thread. It sometimes runs for very very attractive prices on Amazon.com.
HDMI will allow you to simplify the setup, and have the best possible sound/picture.
Reference level volume is very loud. It is the level that people mixing the sound for movies master it to.
This is why sometimes things such as dialog seem too quiet, in relation to the sound, and you're not able to find a 'balance' that fits your room.
Best bang for the buck IS the 606 IMO. but that doesn't mean you can afford it. If you can't, the 304 will play plenty loud, and it will sound good with these speakers, which do better than most with less overall power.
If you can afford the 606, that IS the way to go. The differences may be overall not huge, but, it will allow you to get the MOST out of BD's and the new high resolution sound formats.