Originally Posted by afrogt
i don't watch standard def programming at all because it looks like crap, especially on DirecTV.
You can only do so much with bad content. Garbage in = Garbage out.
Any of those receivers have upscaling built in so you're more than welcome to try it.
DVD movies are usually 480i/p and in widescreen already. Most blu ray players do a good job of upscaling that content.
SD content on TV isn't even widescreen and lower resolution than DVD. You might make it look a little better but don't expect HD quality from it. Your HDTV has a built in scaler too so no guarantee the scaler in a receiver will be any better than the scaler in the TV.
gotcha.. thanks for the heads up.. I guess I just assumed something different.. And to be honest, if my pioneer was 3d ready, I probably wouldn't be looking for a new receiver.. But since I am, I just wanted to make sure I got something that would last me another 5 years.. And with that said, it technically wouldn't need 4k passthru either since, I dont plan on buying a 4K set for at LEAST 5 years
5 years is my timeline, because thats when the warranty on my tv will end , and I will either sell it, or move it to a guest room..
So other than 3D, and a few options like a nice GUI, wifi, Bluetooth, airplay etc, are there any options that are really needed?
If not, it seems everywhere I look the Sony 840 has been said to be the best vale of 2013 and even into 2014, with its quality and features, with quite a few editors choice awards.. And thats right around $400, but then there are the options like the Yamaha 773 that I linked which seems to have more "power" for the price, minus a few features, and thats where I have a hard time deciding.. also receivers llike the x1000, pioneer 1023-1123 are also in that category as well, and was just looking for a few more options