Hello, I'm in the process of exchanging my plasma set for a projector. Right now I use the speakers in the tv set so I figure this is the time to get a decent receiver and start delving into the audio ht world. Budget is limited so I'm looking into a simple receiver to use with the speakers I already have and later upgrade to real ht speakers. My main doubt is about power matching and what features are important.
The speakers I have are 30w @ 8ohms. It's my understanding that in order for things to work well the amp should be able to work with 8 ohms and have a power rating of more than 30w,is that correct? If so, it seems like pretty much any receiver will do.
As of now, the pioneer vsx 523 k seemed like a good option. The only drawback for me was not having and osd with hdmi. How important is the osd on av receivers in general?
One thing I just thought of is that I'd like to have the option to use both the projector and a TV in the future though that's not going to be the case right now (TV is going to the bedroom). For that, I'd need 2 hdmi outs, right? It seems like most of the entry level receivers only have 1 out. What are the brands I should be looking at? Also, what review sites can I trust?