I have been lurking about for a few weeks now searching and searching and reading and trying to learn and it seems the more I read the more questions it brings up. I don't want shoot myself in the foot and i'm not afraid of asking a dumb question when technology has obviously passed me up. Ok i apologize in advance because my questions will sort of involve some other equipment but ultimately they all revolve around the meat of the issue which is this receiver.
Ok basically I'm getting ready to pull the trigger and update all my electronics soon with a new receiver, new tv, new dvd player, ps3 and all that. Now the one thing I know for sure is that the tv I will be getting is a 46 inch Sony XBR2 1080p lcd tv. The dvd player I'm leaning towards is an oppo 981. Now the receiver I don't know what to do. Basically I'm looking at the 2700 OR the HTR-6090. Now I can get a 6090 for basically half the price as the 2700 and with the exception of 1 hdmi input and 20 watts per channel I see basically no difference. Granted the 6090 only has de-interlacing on the video side with no upscaling but with my high end tv why would I need that? Could someone explain if I would be making a mistake here.
Also the basic thing that really confuses me is the actual setup of all my stuff. Now I'm guessing here but for the most part I would think I want to go as direct as possible. For instance my HD set top box would go hdmi directly to my tv, with an optical sound to my receiver. The oppo would be set up the same. Then the ps3 the same. This is where I'm confused, my tv and receiver will have many more hdmi inputs then outputs. One of the things I liked about hdmi was the single cable factor but with only 1 output on the receiver you pretty much have to run optical sound in for most everything. Since we are on the topic of the hdmi out on the receiver what would be the point of running an hdmi from say my oppo or ps3 to the receiver and then another hdmi from the receiver to the tv when i could just hdmi straight to the tv and then just optical sound to the receiver.
I really could ramble on and ask a lot of questions but I don't want this to turn into a novel. Basically I want to able to watch tv in stereo, play games in stereo, and watch movies in stereo. I want to know the best and easiest way to accomplish that and since those are my only needs, wouldn't the 6090 suit me just fine? or is there a real reason, now or in the future I would want to get the 2700. This set up will be with me for a very long time. I'm not looking to upgrade in a year or two, this is something I will probably have for 10 years so I want to do it right the first time, so if there is a real reason for the 2700 I will gladly pay the extra money, I'm not poor, but I don't want to toss away money for no reason when I can pick up a 6090 for half the price. I don't care about hooking up to my pc, or an ipod, or any of that stuff. I'm very basic. I want tv, movies, and games in stereo.
One last question, I currently have 4 speakers. If I pick up 3 more and get this all set up will I always be able to have sound through all 7 speakers? I have done reading on the discrete stuff and all that but really confused myself. Anyone who can answer that with some simplicity I would appreciate it. Once again sorry for the long confusing rambling post, I just don't want to make a mistake.