Thanks! I shopped around and came up with few choices. Of course If I can get a perceivable difference I am willing to go up in price.
All below models do 5.1 surround, support 3D, have at least 4 HDMI Inputs.
What I'm not sure is if any of these will be under powered to get the best out of my speaker system when I play 1080p with good sound effects.
And whether there is any significant quality difference in Audio/Video due to the chip used for decoding those etc.
Like for example Onkyo TX NR509 and Onkyo TX NR609 seems to have Watts/channel difference and chip differences in addition to 509 being just 5.1.
Also if Denon 1712 is good for me, then 1612 should also be good right? It only seems to be a 5.1 version of the 1712.
I honestly don't know why the Pioneer 521K is that cheap. Looking at the specs here - http://imgur.com/tx1w2
, I don't see any difference that matters to me except upscaling to 1080p.
Taking about which is Upscaling a big deal?
If I play content using Western Digital Media Player or Laptop, wouldn't those be able to upscale the content to 1080p rather than rely on the receiver to do the job?
Which of the below will you recommend and do you have any other suggestions..sorry for the looong response!
Onkyo TX NR509
Onkyo TX NR609 (has better video chip etc...has a front HDMI input which is very nice)
Pioneer VSX-921-K for $230 at Walmart
Pioneer VSX-521K for $150 at Walmart
differences between models here - http://imgur.com/tx1w2
YAMAHA RX-V571BL $250 at Frys and usually $199 on sale
Denon AVR-1612 (5.1 version of 1712)
Denon AVR-1712 ( 1712 has gone as low as 250 on newegg )
And one last question..In HDMI passthrough, how does the receiver know which connected device to accept the input from if the receiver is in switchedoff/standby mode? Or does it always take input from a specific input HDMI port among those available or we set that in the menu?