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Hi,

I'm looking to buy my first ever AV receiver

At the moment I have:

- 42" LG LCD TV
- XBOX 360
- TV Cable Box

I'm only after 5.1 setup as thats what will suit our lounge room best.

One of the features I really need for AV receiver is to have Dolby Headphones output as my wife don't enjoy me playing games on xbox 360 on loud volumes

Do you know which receivers does have this output? I'm not audiophile so don't need something amazingly good, but I don't like cheapest things either.

Also I read here a lot about AV being able to convert component to HDMI, is this important? What are the benefits? Atm my xbox360 is connected via component and PQ is awesome.

Thanks for any info as I'm really clueless in AV receivers.
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Not sure about receivers, but the Cary Cinema 11A Pre/Pro does have Dolby Headphone.

I use it late evening/early morning and it is a wonderful sounding feature. A lot more useful than many other useless additions being added into many new receivers.

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The Sherwood RD-8601 has it, but it doesn't have HDMI. The RD-7502 also has it, but the HDMI on that is just switching so it won't process the audio.

If you want something with better HDMI support, the Marantz SR-4001 has it as well.
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What's so special about Dolby Headphone vs. any other headphone jack?
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HK, Marantz, and Sherwood all have Dolby headphone. Sounds great when you can't use the full system.
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What's so special about Dolby Headphone vs. any other headphone jack?

It processes the sound to simulate hearing a 5.1 system.

If you have PowerDVD on your computer you can try it out. One of the Pearl Harbor DVDs has a DH track already encoded and on the disc, but I'm not sure which version has it.
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HK has been providing Virtual Headphone Surround for many years..
First was vMax HeadPhone, and then the Dolby Headphone..
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The new Marantz receivers all have Dolby Headphone. (The older SR3001 has SRS TruSurround Headphone.)

Edit: Oops, I just noticed that james.92 already mentioned Marantz.
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The Yamahas have a number of options for headphone listening, I believe that one of them is simulated surround.
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I don't know about the other headphone "surround" modes, but Dolby Headphone will work with 5.1 or 2 channels (or even mono). With 5.1, the channels will sound separated, with the front channels having the illusion of being in front of you rather than inside your head, and the surrounds at the sides. With a 2-channel track, those front channels work the same way. It won't take a 2-channel track and make it sound as if it's all around you (as I suspect some of the other modes may do).

It won't fool you or anything, but it is kind of nice.
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thanks a lot for suggestions guys, I will check all of them.

Btw, does anyone of you tested how Dolby Headphones sounds? Would be really nice to know if its worth the hassle, otherwise I can just buy any AVR..
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Ernis,

How much listening via phones do you plan to do? I listen through phones a lot myself and think it is definitely worth it. To me it sounds a lot more realistic than simple stereo headphone sound. If you do not need to listen that way much (no young baby trying to sleep, for instance), you might be happy with a regular setup for occasional use.
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Ernis,

How much listening via phones do you plan to do? I listen through phones a lot myself and think it is definitely worth it. To me it sounds a lot more realistic than simple stereo headphone sound. If you do not need to listen that way much (no young baby trying to sleep, for instance), you might be happy with a regular setup for occasional use.

I guess quite often, especially playing games, as I mentioned before my wife don't like me playing COD4 with all the noise this game produces

Actually this is the main reason why I want Dolby Headphones for - games, not so much movies as we usually are watching them together so we would use speakers in this case.
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The Yamahas have a number of options for headphone listening, I believe that one of them is simulated surround.

thanks mate, I just checked their website and they support Dolby Headphones.
They have this thing called "Silent Cinema":

"The SILENT CINEMA mode gives you private listening enjoyment of multichannel music or movie sound, including Dolby Digital and DTS surround, through ordinary headphones. It's automatically selected when the headphones are plugged in."

http://www.yamahamusic.com.au/produc...lentcinema.asp

Its much easier to get Yamaha here in Australia so I think this is what I'm getting. Now need to decide on other features, like HDMI, video upscaling etc.
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Well I have tested the Older Denon with Dolby Headphone and they sound good. Not to mention I have the Pioneer Wireless SE-DIR800 which are Extremely good you can search the thread on the AVS Forum to get more details I use them, with Xbox and movies late at night and I can't recommend them enough.
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