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overwhelmed! <$400 hdmi receiver?

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Thread Starter 
I have a 61" sammy DLP, with comcast HD, LG hddvd/bluray player, and a wii.

Currently usinig a JVC 401s but it has intermittent hdmi video dropouts.

Are there good options out there with 3 hdmi inputs that are under $400?
post #2 of 14
Best Buy has the Denon AVR-590 for $349, and you could most likely do better than that. It has 4 hdmi, but is only 5.1 ch, but if you are ok with that then I say that one.
post #3 of 14
Check out my new review of the HT-RC160 Onkyo receiver.
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Originally Posted by pesos View Post

I have a 61" sammy DLP, with comcast HD, LG hddvd/bluray player, and a wii.

Currently usinig a JVC 401s but it has intermittent hdmi video dropouts.

Are there good options out there with 3 hdmi inputs that are under $400?

The HK 254 has 3 inputs as well and can be had for under $250 from Harman Audio on ebay - its a refurbished unit.

The Onkyo 606 is still available refurbished and has 4 HDMI inputs. Take a look at a few of the Marantz while you are on Accessories4Less. The refurbished SR6001 for that price is killer!
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Check out my new review of the HT-RC160 Onkyo receiver.

This one gets my vote!
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
wow, thanks for the amazingly fast responses guys! The rc160 looks just perfect for what I'm looking for with inputs to spare... Went to Amazon - no sales tax and next day shipping for $3.99 - can't wait to hook it up!
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wow, thanks for the amazingly fast responses guys! The rc160 looks just perfect for what I'm looking for with inputs to spare... Went to Amazon - no sales tax and next day shipping for $3.99 - can't wait to hook it up!

Awesome! I just posted my review here. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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This one gets my vote!

Mine to!

Oh, also my review to...
post #10 of 14
Just wondering, what did the HT-RC160 replace? Or is it a completely new model? I know Onkyo did some rebadging....and possibly more rebadging to come with the 87X and the 90X series...
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 
I was *this* close to getting the 607, but just didn't seem worth it when I don't need a front hdmi port and the extra power doesn't seem that significant...
post #12 of 14
They sound pretty much exactly the same...
post #13 of 14
The OP has made his choice, but for the benefit of other readers:

The main "Under $400" receiver thread is here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1092513

Prospective HK 254 purchasers should first look at it's offical thread here:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1043407

A competitive problem with the Onkyo RC160 and the 607 is that they both use Audyssey 2EQ, a minimal version of Audyssey that does not EQ the sub channel at all -- that's the most important channel to EQ in most rooms.
All of Denon's '09 lineup including the AVR-590 use Audyssey MultEQ at a minimum. The bottom line is that unless you are installing the receiver in a very well bass treated room (unlikely in this price class) or are not using a sub at all, the Denon's are going to sound better.
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This one gets my vote!

Ditto! In fact, I own one and am very happy with it. So far it is pushing HDMI 1080P 24hz thru 26 ft to my Epson 1080UB just fine. I have a 45 ft cable coming this week (since the 26 footer is too short), and hopefully it will pass 1080P 24 hz and 60hz thru that as well. I'll report back in the "official" thread.

Dan
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