I strongly urge you to go with whichever Denon receiver meets your needs. They have more robust power supplies and better audio quality than most of the others, and Home Theater magazine has repeatedly flagged the AVR1612 and others as the best buy for the money. The AVR 1612 would probably be the best choice unless it is missing some feature you have to have. It has four HDMI inputs and one component-video input, which should be sufficient. It has good power for those speakers.
Optical outputs/inputs carry two-channel audio only
and the audio quality is not the best. They do not carry video
. They are worthless for your purposes.
You should use HDMI or component audio/video for all inputs to the receiver. If your input devices do not have HDMI or component audio/video outputs, they are obsolete and badly need replacing (actually, the manual for the HR24 says that it does have an HDMI output that you can connect to your receiver, and I am sure the PS3 does too...).
The HDMI output of the receiver will connect to the TV.
Those speakers are a very good budget choice IMO. If you are on a tight budget, it is silly to even consider 7.1. Your room will be served well by a 5.1 system.
IMO, Sherwood makes the lowest quality of anything on the market; I wouldn't believe one single thing in their specs, and I wouldn't touch their stuff with a 10-foot pole.
Originally Posted by deboardfam
I am building a basic budget system for my small-medium living room (12x17).
I have a Bic F12 sub on its way with some amazon gift cards. I am looking at polk monitor 40's up front, a CS2 center, and monitor 30's for rear for now.
Receiver question, I am looking at several.. the Denon AVR-791... the Denon 1712... or the Onkyo HT-R590... all are 7.1.. the onkyo is cheaper and has more options as far as inputs etc. (my plan was to run two opticals as inputs, one being my Directv HR24 and the other the ps3) I know onkyo are having some problems with several of their models but I didnt see this one listed. I am leaning towards the 1712 but it is the more expensive one out of this list and has similar features to the others and doesnt have the 2 optical inputs. Ideas between these?
Do I really need a 7.1? Would a 5.1 give me plenty of good audio for movies for my size room? I can get a 5.1 much cheaper, like a Denon AVR-591...
I am so torn in a lot of ways.. and on a TIGHT budget
EDIT: Also toss in the sherwood R-772 Newcastle into the mix.. I have not heard of sherwood but I like the specs and options.