I'm about to buy a PS3 (probably the new slim), and I want a new AVR that supports HDMI and finally allows me to use a single HDMI out from the AVR to the TV and rely soley on input switching from the AVR (unless that proves to be a bad idea of course).
I've done some research on and off for the last year or so (much of it in this forum), and as soon as I start leaning towards one AVR, I see another one that intrigues me or makes me doubt my 'lean.'
So, it's time to turn to the people who know a lot more than I do for advice.
Here's my current setup:
- 65" Mitsubishi 1080p DLP wd-65831
- Fluance fronts and surrounds (hopefully these will get upgraded soon too)
- Hsu 10" subwoofer
- Onkyo TX-SR601 (facing retirement, obviously )
- Cox DVR (motorola)
- Panasonic DVD player (will be replaced by soon to be purchased PS3)
My wants / needs:
My budget is around $1000
- 4+ HDMI (will use 3 - DVR, PS3 and HTPC)
- 2+ component (PS2 and GameCube)
- 2+ composite/s-video
- 5.1 minimum
- single output (HDMI) to TV
- 2+ digital audio in (may need to use with HTPC, not sure yet if my motherboard outputs audio over the integrated HDMI)
- want to get the best video quality from all sources to take advantage of the 65" of 1080p goodness...probably don't even need to list that one, right?
, but I'm not sure if I need to spend that much. I want some futureproofing but don't want overkill. I was assuming that I need an AVR with a good scaler to help make that PS2 and GameCube look "better" but maybe that's just uneducated, wishful thinking. I know a lot of AVRs have the Faroudja DCDi chip, but I thought I read somewhere a couple years ago that DLPs and Faroudja = macroblocking.
Anyway, you can probably see why I need help.
I can research my self to death and then take a semi-educated stab in the dark or I can get good solid advice and help from AVSers. I chose the latter.So, what AVRs do you guys and gals recommend?
It seems like I forgot some info I was going to include, so please let me know if I need to provide more details or clarification.
Thanks in advance for any input!