I'm interested in buying a receiver to enhance my "home theater" situated in our finished basement. Currently we have:
-Sony KDL-40W3000 LCD TV
-Sony SS-MB350H Bookshelf Speakers (2) - not currently being used
-Sony BDP-S350 Blue-Ray
-XBox 360 Elite (have started streaming content from Netflix via Xbox, as well)
- Pace TDC 779X HD-DVR (from Cable co.)
I'd like to get a decent receiver to hub this HTS and gradually improve it over time. My budget is $400. I plan to incrementally add speakers over next 12 months for better sound. My 3 boys (18,16,9) and I watch lots of DVDs together, use DVR, and they enjoy gaming. I like the idea of Zone 2 capability thinking I'd like to add some outdoor speakers for our patio.
My question is this: should I go with something like the Onkyo HT-RC 260? Looks like a decent unit, however, I noticed several threads of folks complaining about the video processing that occurs with this (and other) receivers, and often the suggestion is to turn the video processing off. Why pay for it and turn it off? Should I think about a different unit, sans video processing, but has good sound?