Originally Posted by kocherm
Somebody please help a newbie.
I have the following components:
Comcast HD Cable Box
PC with VGA
1 area=dedicated HT
Do I really need this receiver, or will a cheaper model (like the 2808CI) suit? I don't think I need any upconversion, but will I run in to problems with a lower model when integrating all these inputs to a single output (HDMI), or two (HDMI and Component). Not too familiar with deinterlacing, upconversion, etc. Just want a receiver to accept all these inputs seamlessly and display them at 720P on my projector (possibly future 1080p projector). If this receiver is overkill, can someone suggest one. Thanks.
Unless you really like the features of the 3808 (like the GUI) then I would think you could get by with the 2808. Then again the GUI might be a godsend while using a projector. The 2808 will upconvert any signal it receives to HDMI with no problem, however receivers do not do this with VGA. That you will have to run separately. If you are using HDMI with comcast and the xbox 360 then you might consider a unit with more HDMI inputs, otherwise, from an input perspective, the 3808 is overkill and the 2808 will do nicely.
Other units you might want to investigate are:
Pioneer Elite VSX-92TXH (3 x HDMI inputs, same scaler as 3808, end of this month, $1300)
Onkyo 805 (3 x HDMI, HDMI upconversion only, currently available, $1000)
Yamaha 1800 (3 x HDMI inputs, scalar to 1080p, soon to be released, $1300).
Hope that helps! Good luck! Remember that all of these are fantastic receivers. Don't beat yourself up too much.