Aha! here we go...let the opinions fly!
Of course everyone has his/her opinion on what IS the best AVR out on the market. I'm just looking for a mid-range, not too expensive, the most features for the money, AVR...that's all.
I have spent a lot of time looking at receivers. First it was Onkyo 606,then 706. Then I looked at Yamaha RXV563,but only has 2-in, and 1-out HDMI. The latest is looking at the pioneer VSX-01, and given that it has 3-in and 1-out HDMI,I'm leaning toward this one.
*** BUT...I was just told that Yamaha just came out this month of March with the RXV 565/ 7.1 channel / 630 Watts ($430.00) and that Onkyo also came out with two new models....and they are the TX-SR576(80w per chan) and the TX-SR506 (75w per chan)...like I'm not already confused asit is.
I was also looking into buying the HSU research "Performance 1" speaker package, which has 6.1 speakers.
This Pioneer 01 AVR has on board the DTS:NEO 6 matrix feature that takes the 6th satellite speaker and uses it as a rear center channel. have you or anyone else used this feature or just use the 7.1 channels? My 12x12 room really doesn't need all 7 speakers.
HDMI should pass both Audio and Video through the one cable..why are you using the component and composite cables anyway?
I will have the same connections as you do...
AVR to TV (HDMI out) ... One HDMI from TV to AVR
STB to AVR (HDMI In)
BDDVD to AVR (HDMI In)
true or false-
I was told that if I had one HDMI cable from the mounted TV to AVR, and all the other components into the AVR, and I wanted to hear ONLY the TV speakers for normal viewing, and not turn on the AVR everyday, except to watch a bluray, I would still need a optical TOS from the TV to the AVR????
Of course everyone has his/her opinion on what is the best AVR, but I wish there were only a few choices, becuz now I am confused more than ever.