I'm trying to find the best AVR for me, and it seem that a lower-mid range from 06 or 07 is probably the only way to go without paying big bucks for a new one. I'm pretty familiar with Onkyo and Yamaha recivers, but I'd like input from those familiar with other brands such as Denon, HK, Pioneer, Sony, etc. to help me find model numbers so I can search ebay, craigslist, ...
Here's what I'd like, and why new recivers tend to not have what I want without paying out the nose. I've got an older HD CRT with only component input, and am hooking up plent of old equipment.
Requirements (number of inputs is minimum):
2 HDMI (only need 5.1 PCM)
3 Component Video/1 Out
1 6-channel analog audio
The problems for new receivers at the low end are phono, s-video, and 6ch analog in.
So far, I've come across the Yamaha RX-V661, the newer V663 could also work, but I'd need to get a phono pre-amp. For Onkyo, I think the TX-SR705 would hit all those points, but it's a bit more expensive used than the Yamahas. The Onkyo 606 has all but the phono as well. I'd like to expand my search to other brands listed above, but don't know what models to look for. The new Onkyo 809 hits all the points, but it's in the $750-$800 range, and I'm looking to spend between $100-$200 used.
Perhaps there's a wiki somewhere with a compiled list of recievers and features, but haven't come across anything.
A friend from work thinks I'm nuts for just not getting a new all HDMI receiver, so I expect a few people to voice that opinion here as well. But I've got a turntable, a SNES and N64, both of which have S-Video as their highest (non-modded) video output. And I have a Pioneer DV-563A for my SACD and DVD-A output, but need the 6-ch in for it.
It seems that the years 06 and 07 were the best for the lower end receivers to have all the features I really want.
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