Hey guys. I am in the market for a new receiver. I am a bit of an AV noob so I apologize if my situation gets a little specific, but I'll get the broader questions out of the way first. For the short term, I don't need more than a 5.1 setup for my bedroom. But it is a little difficult to find a 5.1, future-proof receiver in my budget that has 4 hdmi ports. I love the simplicity of HDMI. 6 ports would be ideal for me as I already have a bunch of 1.4 HDMI cables and:
1. A PS3
2. XBOX 360
3. Seagate Media Box
4. HD Cable Box
5. Gonna have the new Nintendo
6. And I occasionally hook up my computer
Is the lack of hdmi ports too small an issue to legitimize a move up to 7.1 for extra ports? I'd Imagine it would if 3D is taken into consideration. Alternatively, is there an easier way to get a streamlined experience (ie: not having to switch TV inputs due to different receiver output connectors) if i do have only 4 hdmi ports to work with? Generally, the 5.1 sets I've seen with around 6 ports are fairly new and thus around the same price of some quality 7.1s on the market anyways, unless I am overlooking some. I'd imagine 7.1 sets usually give you better bang for your buck in terms of features and audio quality as well would they?
If you guys can help me to shop, that would be great. I won't mention prices because I'm Canadian, but o give you an idea of what my budget is like, I'm currently locked down to either the Yamaha RXV571 and the Denon AVR1712.