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So here is the set up:

I've been going through all my old video game systems and getting the best cables for top quality video output. Most of them are best with an s-video and my Dreamcast has a vga cable. I've been running them through an Onkyo TX-SR605 (except the dreamcast), but I have run out of inputs and I am becoming displeased with it's video upscaling abilities. I know many receivers are dropping s-video inputs, but I am pleased to see the addition of vga. I thought I had my mind set on picking up an 2011 Onkyo TX-NR809, but many people are having problems with the 2011 Onkyos. What are your recommendations?
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No recommendations out there?
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You might try a VGA to HDMI converter for the Dreamcast. Monoprice has one for $30 but not sure how well it would work with legacy consoles and their lower resolutions. As far as Onkyo, They had problems with their HDMI boards for several years but that is supposed to be fixed now starting with the TX-NR818.

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Sadly, the models after 809 do not have S-video anymore.
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The only AV receivers currently on the market with S-Video inputs are the high-end Yamaha receivers. Only Onkyo receivers ever had VGA inputs as far as I know. An old Onkyo receiver like the TX-NR809 you mentioned is the only thing that will come close to meeting your input requirements. As for the scaler, I wouldn't assume any AV receiver will necessarily do a better job than your TV.

If you don't want to get an old Onkyo then you could just connect your VGA cable directly to your TV. That will give you a wider range of older receivers (2011 or earlier) to choose from.
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The Sherwood Newcastle R-972 is still available and comes with a 3 year warranty. It has plenty of s-video inputs. No VGA though, like was said above just connect your Dreamcast directly to the TV.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/SHERR972/SHERWOOD-R-972-Newcastle-7.1-A/V-Surround-Receiver-TrueHD-DTS-HD/1.html

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Yeah, it's looking like the Onkyo 809 is the only one that meets all the criteria. Maybe I'll grab one with a warranty.

Ross, to my knowledge, the scalers in middle-high end receivers are worlds ahead of the ones in our tvs. The industry is only concerned with displaying hd content the best, so the only put basic 480i/480p scalers in the tvs. This also keeps cost down. Companies like Onkyo and Denon put some of the best scaling chips on the market into their receivers. Even my Onkyo Tx-sr605, which only does 720p scaling, shows a huge difference on my Samsung Ln52b750.
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