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Some all-in-one receiver/amp help please

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I have settled on a set of B&W 683's speaker setup for my media room. My wife has told me that she doesn't want to push 4 or 5 buttons and twiddle numerous knobs to just turn on the TV and see a movie.

I need some suggestions for a receiver/amp unit that will power these speakers and be extremely easy to use. The screen is a 65" LCD.

Can you make some suggestions?

Thanks.
post #2 of 4
I have no idea what your budget is, but the best solution for ease of use is going to be something like a Logitech Harmony remote. On that remote, once it's properly programmed you hit a button called activities, and then hit 'Watch DVD' or whatever.

As for what receiver to buy, I think you are going to have to list a budget. The Yamaha RX-V663 is my default reccomendation for people for it's price and feature set. Of course I have no idea what your needs are. Are you planning on getting Blu-ray ? Do you plan on using HDMI ?

My suggestion is to get a receiver with HDMI as that's rapidly becoming the standard AV connector. HDMI is not perfect though.

I just moved to an all HDMI setup (no component or composite) in the living room. The DVD changer, Tivo Series 3 and XBox Arcade are connected via HDMI. The only other connection is for iTunes/Airport express which uses optical.
post #3 of 4
Regardless of Receiver for ease of use get a Harmony remote from Logitech.

You push watch TV and all the stuff comes on.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Sorry, I didn't provide enough information for you.

Budget is around $1500 +/- I want to do this right, so I'm flexible with the budget

I would like to go all HDMI

The system will include a Blu-ray player (separate from budget)

Does the Harmony remote handle both IR and RF?

Thanks again.
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