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I am looking to but a new receiver, without spending much. I will either get a used, older high end or a newer low end receiver. I am looking to spend about 250-300. My question is: will the newer receivers have technology that the older ones don't have, like newer dolby developments. I am also wondering if the newer dolby developments sound better than traditional dolby digital. Also, is it smarter to but a older but expensive reliever (not too old, around the early 2000s) or a new receiver like this one:
I cant post urls but if you google yamaha receivers, go to shopping, the third one down

Thanks for looking, any help is appreciated.
post #2 of 5
Traditional Dolby Digital will sound the same.
If you have a Blu-ray player and want to take advantage of the Hi-rez Dolby and DTS formats you should look into a newer receiver. The audio differences/advantages differ depending upon the requirements and/or expectations of the individual.

OTOH, you may be able to find an older receiver that provides multichannel analog inputs. (Assuming you have a Blu-ray player with multichannel outputs)
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Originally Posted by jham1496 View Post

I am looking to but a new receiver, without spending much. I will either get a used, older high end or a newer low end receiver. I am looking to spend about 250-300. My question is: will the newer receivers have technology that the older ones don't have, like newer dolby developments. I am also wondering if the newer dolby developments sound better than traditional dolby digital. Also, is it smarter to but a older but expensive reliever (not too old, around the early 2000s) or a new receiver like this one:
I cant post urls but if you google yamaha receivers, go to shopping, the third one down

Thanks for looking, any help is appreciated.

Newer receivers almost always have newer technology. If you compared a receiver made now to one made six years ago, the older one lacks a lot of features that newer receivers have. Depends on what high end receiver you mean compared to what newer model(s).

Some stuff that's "newer" -
* HDMI
* Lossless audio
* Improved room correction systems/auto setup systems
* iPod connectivity, audio via USB memory, network audio etc.
* 7.1 (Not that new, but it depends on how far back you go)
* Dolby Pro Logic II/IIx (An improvement over Dolby Pro Logic)

There's a lot that's changed since DD receives first came out. For example, 7.1 came out later. As did lossless audio. 7.1 is probably a nice improvement if budget allows for the extra speakers, and your room allows for a proper 7.1 setup. Lossless audio is probably not important.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks. I'll probibly Go with a used one that's only like 2 or 3 yo. My projector doesnt have hdmi so that's not an issue. You people seem to know a lot so I'll ask another question: my laptop has a bluray player but my current receiver doesn't have hdmi so I would run the Audio with a headphone to RCA cable. Would the audio be ok with that or should I buy a bluray player and run a red white RCA cable?
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Dude you wouldn't even get more than two channels then! Does the projector have DVI? You do know it's the same thing as HDMI less audio right! I would assume if that notebook has Blu-ray it has HDMI out. You have potentially a great transport there then ehh! I'd make sure you get an AVR with HDMI input for sure!

Take a look at Denon AVR-1912 or AVR-1712. They can be had for around $300-500 from a good dealer on a deal...
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