Ok, I've spent a good week researching this and I would like to ask some advice on a 7.1 receiver. I have narrowed it down to the XR57, XR 700(for extra HDMI and full 1080p), and Onkyo txsr604(hdmi 1.1...not sure how big of a deal that is?)
The Onkyo being the only non-digital amp. This is for a smaller game room (12X14?) with a 42" Panny th42ph9uk and a PS3. I know the 57 is sub-$300 now but I keep hearing of issues with PS3 and it only has 1 hdmi connection. The onkyo is mid-$3's but I'm not that familiar with the model. I know onkyo's history but not sure on the current products and quality. this leaves me xr700 for around $600. I'm very new to digital amps but have been hearing great stuff on these postings.
I have a computer I use as a mmserver and am wondering if I will see a noticable difference using a dvi->hdmi connection vs. the d-sub monitor connection on the 42-9uk? Would it be worth pushing for the 2-hdmi unit? Second, is the hdmi v1.1 going to make a difference for general game play and movie watching?
So, can I keep the cost down and go the 57 or 604 route or does the 700 present that much of an upgrade that the extra $200-$300 would make the difference? Thank you in advance for any advice here.