I am sorry to plague these forums with yet another request for people to help choose equipment but all of these receivers are starting to blur together.
Finally got the wife to agree to a full HDTV upgrade for our living room. All of my gear is 8-10 years old so since I'm going to get the new TV, it's also time to switch out the A/V receiver.
For reference, the TV I was leaning toward is the Samsung FP-T5084
As things stand right now, I have an 18 month old toddler. This has required that I put away my small, rear bookcase speakers until I purchase wall/celing mounts for them.
What I currently use for speakers are 2 Bose tower speakers and an Infinity center channel. I don't have the model numbers readily available but if it's vital, I can grab them. I also have a mediocre 8" Infinity sub. It's a pile of crap but it's the least of my current concerns. The wife and I don't watch a ton of movies right now due to the baby sleeping directly above the TV but that will probably be changing in the future.
I don't have a ton of video components right now. All I have is a 360, Series 3 HD TiVo, the new TV and possibly a PS3 (to act as a BR player). I was planning on connecting everything via HDMI.
What I need is a recommendation on an A/V receiver. I've narrowed my list down to:
Onkyo TX-SR705 /Onkyo TX-SR805
Yamaha V1800 (from reading these forums)
I do not yet have a Blu-Ray DVD player as I was one of those asshats that was in the "Wait and see who wins the DVD format war" camp. Since Toshiba is throwing in the towel, I will probably pick up a PS3 in the future.
I am in the process of purchasing my home entertainment center from one of those "Amish" furniture places. The entire piece is going to be custom built so I can resize the cabinets based on the depth of the receiver.
My series of questions (also note that I'm an HDTV noob, so please excuse any blatent mistakes on my part):
1: Do I need to get a receiver that can do HDMI upscaling? If I get a receiver without upscaling what will a generic DVD look like on the new TV?
2: I am concerned about heat from the unit and from the xbox 360 (plus future components?). How much buffer space should I allow for proper heat dissapation? Since I'm getting the entertainment center custom built, I can specify this now and get the receiver to match.
3: I am quasi concerned about scalability with my receiver. I am very aware of my less-than-stellar setup right now, but odds are high that I will be moving in the next 2-4 years and one of my priorites for the new home will be a media room / den / TV pit away from the kid's rooms.
Thank you for your help!