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help! any true mini AV receiver that has at least four HDMI in?

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Thread Starter 
hey folks.

you can't imagine how much time i spent (exasperation is how i felt now) searching for the holy answer to this question and yes, it turns out that i get nothing in return, whether its Google or Bing or whatever search engine. so i was hoping some experts over here at AVS can shed some light and put my quest to an end.

my current setup:
Onkyo TX-SR507 AV Receiver offers point of connection to my (1) Sony PS3 (HDMI, Optical-in), (2) Samsung HD-DVD player (yes, i know. it's ancient but still, i hooked it up via HDMI), (3) a set-top box (also HDMI), plus (4) a Western Digital HD Live TV (HDMI connection plus optical In). the AV receiver has out to a Sony EX LED TV and a pair of vintage B&W speakers and oddly, one Creative center speaker.

the issue and objective:
basically, i have too many electronics and gadgets, and the goal is to scale down everything which i think the Onkyo is way too huge for my current (fixed) shelving. and hence, i needed something with a similar features but somewhere half of the current AV receiver's size? my search has turned out nothing. anyone can help here? i am really puffed out having spent half a day glue to the comp.

as for the HD-DVD. it is going away hehe and probably the set-top box which i don't need anymore. so, as you can see. it is a serious trim and also, i am looking out for more compact speakers that 'fake' surround, as in with just a pair, or perhaps a center speaker and a sub.

any recommendation or direction would greatly be appreciated.

cheers!
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The Marantz NR series of receivers is smaller than most. The current models are the NR 1403 and NR1603.

Soundbar speakers are quite small. You'll probably need a subwoofer too.
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks Selden!

i understand those are 'thinner' but by any chance are there AV receivers that are actually compact in size? like almost half the width of current offerings? any help?
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Sorry: I can only suggest doing a Web search for "small receiver". The few smaller ones I've come across have very limited capabilities or have been discontinued. The Yamaha CRX-330 was about 11.5" deep, for example: smaller but not very small.
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surf around http://www.accessories4less.com for bargains. I am about to buy a Marantz nr1402 for $260.00 + $10 shipping.

this will be my 1 order from http://www.accessories4less.com as a result not much I can say about them
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Sherwood had (has?) a relatively compact AV receiver, the netboxx or something. I'm also looking for something even smaller -- especially shallower, for the silly biult-in shelving I'm dealing with.
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I am looking for something like the Marantz NR series but I need optical audio out. Any help?
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Im resurrecting this thread becuase I, too, am looking for a smallish receiver. Shelving is only 9 inches deep. I think i found a small AVR that had Audessey, but it was like $800. Looking for more in the ~$300 if possible. I see pretty much all the major brands have their own mini versions, but thought maybe i might have missed one that folks would know about. Thanks in advance.
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Originally Posted by jaeelarr View Post

Im resurrecting this thread becuase I, too, am looking for a smallish receiver. Shelving is only 9 inches deep. I think i found a small AVR that had Audessey, but it was like $800. Looking for more in the ~$300 if possible. I see pretty much all the major brands have their own mini versions, but thought maybe i might have missed one that folks would know about. Thanks in advance.
Beware of the all-in-one systems, as most are garbage, proprietary, and lousy. The industry standard for the larger units is because of the heat generated by amplifiers is pretty intense. Packing it all into a very small unit which then must power speakers to fill a room is not all that easy to accomplish.

I think the proof of this is out there by going to the major manufacturer's websites and seeing that the product doesn't exist. Check out Pioneer, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, and Onkyo. Not one really produces anything that would be considered 'tiny'.

Marantz really stands out as the only quality manufacturer which makes a slim line A/V receiver.

http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=AVReceivers&SubCatId=0&ProductId=NR1403

It also is around your budget.

But, smaller with quality would likely be far more money. Smaller is more likely to breed much lower quality at the budget, and is going to get away from quality brands and products.

I would be interested in seeing what you found around $700, because from what I continue to see out on the market, there is nothing that is of any quality that acts as a true A/V receiver in a micro form factor smaller than the Marantz units.

There are garbage home theater in a box kits without any connectivity or upgrade path like this Sony out there:
http://store.sony.com/3d-blu-ray-home-theater-with-wi-fi-zid27-BDVE3100/cat-27-catid-All-Home-Theater-Systems

It has terrible specifications and offers none of the connectivity for future upgrades or changes to equipment that a standard A/V receiver would have. It's just cheap and junky.
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