I have pretty modest needs, but I want to cut down on the number of cables between my receiver and flatscreen LCD w/HDMI.
So I really want a receiver that upconverts between both component and composite to HDMI (I have both component and composite gear still and will for a while). I don't need embedded audio between receiver and LCD. It should have at least 3 HDMI inputs, and should have the ability to take HDMI video and optical digital audio from my Mac Mini running Boxee.
I currently have a good quality Polk 5.1 setup, that I'm happy with. My Sony receiver currently outputs 7.1, but I'm only using 5.1. I really don't need or want to add two more speakers, so 7.1 isn't necessary.
I don't need "audiophile"... I am a musician and have an expensive monitor chain in my studio but I don't see the need for audiophile gear for listening.
Anything come to mind please? If this is better asked elsewhere, please advise. I've browsed and searched the site and not found any specific recommendations that seem to work, but let me know if I missed it. Thanks!