I am purchasing a home soon, and plan on making some much-needed updates to my home theater once the move is complete.
I am upgrading from my 42" Philips plasma with Ambilight (over 5 years old now!) to a Samsung UN55B6000.
I am very excited to upgrade to this TV, after quite a bit of research and price comparisons.
My question, however, deals with the surround receiver. I currently use an old Onkyo HT-S580
HTIB setup. I would like to upgrade to a 7.1 receiver, and was looking for one with the following features:
- 7.1 surround (currently only using 5.1 speakers, but would like the option to upgrade in the future)
- Convert Analog Component signal to HDMI (I would like to run a single HDMI cable to the television; everything else will pass through the Surround.)
- Upconversion? (The only device I use that does NOT broadcast in 1080p is my Wii... but it'd be nice to upconvert that to either 720p/1080i/1080p)
- Supports current Blu-Ray codecs
Accessories like fancy remote controls or iPod docks are of absolutely no value to me; I stream my media through a home network, and I use a Harmony remote to control my devices.
I was considering the following Receivers, but would like to gather some votes from people more knowledgeable than I. If you have an alternative receiver to suggest, then please do!
Finally - as a side effect of choosing ANY of these receivers, I will have to buy a new subwoofer; the one I have uses 2-wire speaker wires to connect; all the receivers I've looked at only support the pre-amp RCA subwoofer connection. Could someone suggest a subwoofer to replace my old one? Keep in mind I'm on a budget. (If you know a way to hook up my current woofer with some trickery, that'd be great too!)
P.S. I'd like top avoid replacing my current satellite speakers; I figure I'll blow enough money on the other stuff. Does anyone anticipate problems with my current set?
Thank you so much for your words of wisdom! I can't wait to get this up and running
Please be as long-winded as you like; I will soak up every single thing you say.
(p.p.s. I originally posted this somewhere else, until a friend of mine said that THIS is the place for home-theater advice. Thanks in advance.)