Hi all. I've been scouring these forums for a couple of weeks now and my head is spinning....I need help!
I need some advice on building a 3.0 or 3.1 system (with the option to upgrade to 5.1 or 7.1 later...).
TV: LG 47LH90
PS3 (non-slim version) w/ HDMI out to TV
HD Cable Box w/ HDMI out to TV
XBOX (games only, HDMI out to TV)
Currently live in a house where full blown surround is not feasible. Would like to build a nice 3.0 or 3.1 system that can be upgraded to surround at a later date when I move. I would like to use the PS3 for games, blu ray playback and listening to CDs. I would prefer to use the PS3s built in audio and video decoding capabilities coupled with linear PCM output via HDMI (e.g 1080p/24, Dolby TrueHD, ect...). Would like to use this 50% HT/50% music.
I'm thinking about investing in the new Polk LSiM 707s (or 705s) and skipping the Sub (for now) and also getting a center.
I guess my main questions center around appropriate choice of AVR vs. ARV+external amps. I've read that it is better to "bypass" the AVR for music, possibly going through separate stereo amps, especially for something like the 707s. Also, since the PS3 handles most of the video and audio decoding, what type of AVR would I really need if I wanted external amplification for my main L/R towers? Would I only need the AVR for the center and perhaps a future sub or surrounds? What additional processing beyond the PS3 would the AVR need to do?
What are the options for using an AVR with a PS3/Cable Box/Xbox that handles most of the decoding but that also has the capability to bypass to external amps for music?
Should I get a 5.1 AVR that has pre-outs for the L/R towers and simply only have the center channel (and future subs, surrounds etc) going through the AVRs amps? If I'm in HT mode, can I still use the external amps for the L/R towers or would I need to go through the AVRs amps to get the proper sound balancing?
Thanks in advance!