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I'm looking to buy the Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, pretty set on that. I am looking for a receiver to hook them up to. I've been trying to read up on these things but there seems to be alot to take in for choosing a receiver so I'm trying to make sure I don't make a wrong decision with this. I'm wishing I could spend around $200, but that can go up some if it really needs to. It'll be hooked up to a 40" Westinghouse, Wii, Samsung bd-c6500, and cable box.
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Check out newegg.com for Yamaha. Some ideas...

RX-V667 - being discounted as the new line is coming out. Sometimes there's promo codes making it cheaper
Open Box RX-V567 (Nice price on that one - make sure it comes with the remote and mic, or find out what it will cost to replace those)
RX-V371 - This level is usually stripped down with a lightweight power supply, I suggest going for last years closeouts because they have not added much this year (do your homework and compare)

"But this one goes up to 11"
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What about the rx-v467? It is a little lower in price, but is it worth it to spend the extra to get the v567 or v667?
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Other than the Wii, everything else is HDMI.

The 667 can take all the video signals to 1 HDMI to the TV.

If you have a $200 budget, I suggest a used receiver...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Onkyo-TX-SR605-7...item23105f0c1f (this has HDMI upconversion just like the 667 does)

This probably won't even make it to $150. I'd rather have that than any new <$250 receiver.
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Well, I would need at least 3. I forgot that we also hook her laptop up via HDMI sometimes. Upconversion isn't important because my bluray does a fairly good job at that as it is. I do want it to be able to handle Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and HDMI passthrough. I could push my budget up to around $275 if the deal is right. I know that only MSRP is only able to be discussed here, how long would 2010 receivers stick around since 2011 receivers have been released? I'm liking the yamaha rx-v567. It's currently $300, hoping for a little bit more of a drop before pulling the trigger but if they won't last much longer I might get it in order to not miss out.
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First of all

up-conversion=taking analog video signals(component/s-video/composite) and adding it to the HDMI.
Upscaling(which yes your BD player does) is, well, upscaling...not upconversion.

You, technically, only need two...

Laptop
BD

You can connect your Wii and Cable/sat box with component(if you have this for the Wii http://www.amazon.com/6FT-HD-Compone...5401306&sr=1-1 )

What do you gain using HDMI for your cable/sat box instead of component/tos-link?
Absolutely nothing.
Why?
Cause your cable/Sat HD box is 720P/1080I, not 1080P.
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But it is up for you to decide...

Older receiver with HDMI upconversion...

Newer receiver without it, so you connect your Wii directly to the TV and run Wii audio to the receiver.

There is also the AVR 591 Denon.
http://www.amazon.com/Denon-AVR-591-...5401880&sr=1-1 (lowest priced receiver last year with HDMI up-conversion)
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I didn't think about the cable box. I suppose I was just looking for the flexibility for the future with more than 2 HDMI ports. I think I'm just going to dip into the speaker fund to get a little better receiver as I'm seeing that $200 without alot of compromise just isn't going to happen.
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Do you mind used?

Ebay, especially lately, has become really good for buying A/V equipment. Since you don't have a 3D TV, there really is no reason(other than just having to have "new") to have HDMI 1.4.

HDMI 1.3 debuted in 2008, that gives you 5 years of stuff to look at.

If you don't mind used, you can search Ebay receivers, then type in the search "upconversion HDMI" (make sure it is advanced so it goes in the body, not just the title).

I bought for my cousin a TX SR707 for $305 w/shipping a couple weeks ago. Much better than ANY new receiver at the price...if you don't need ARC or 3D. Which your TV supports neither.
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No, I don't mind used. And yeah, HDMI 1.4 isn't even a thought as I wouldn't even consider a 3D tv for a long time. My only worry with used is the warranty. How would it work buying a used receiver in terms of sending it in if a problem arises? When it comes to bigger electronic purchases I prefer to buy new and I've read that some receiver manufacturers won't honor a warranty unless purchased through an authorized retailer, but if something goes wrong when purchased used what options are there?
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I'm looking to buy the Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, pretty set on that. I am looking for a receiver to hook them up to. I've been trying to read up on these things but there seems to be alot to take in for choosing a receiver so I'm trying to make sure I don't make a wrong decision with this. I'm wishing I could spend around $200, but that can go up some if it really needs to. It'll be hooked up to a 40" Westinghouse, Wii, Samsung bd-c6500, and cable box.

Why not an avr1611 or vsx521k/821k based on a price point?
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