First off, thanks for all of your thoughtful posts. Though I've joined recently, I've based many decisions on information found in your forums.
I recently bought a new TV (Vizio M701d-A3R) to replace a 9-year-old Sony projection TV and was thrilled with my new setup. The TV has plenty of HDMI inputs and is 3D capable. I also got a 3D capable Sony Blu Ray player.
Well, my old surround sound receiver stopped receiving a signal in one of its optical audio in ports. The old receiver is a Yamaha HTR-5730 that I got about 9 years ago. I'm looking to replace it, I guess. I've been running optical audio from my gadgets (Apple TV, XBox 360, DVD Player) into the Yamaha with optical audio through a hub. I did a thorough troubleshooting, and it's definitely the port on the receiver that's going.
While I love new technology, I don't upgrade often. So, I like to get a quality unit that will last a long time.
What I do need:
I guess I need something that will pass 3 or 4 HDMI signals through it to the TV. I'm sick of the optical audio hub. I'd like to be able to connect all my gadgets (I also have a Wii) to the receiver, but that's not 100% necessary.
Most of the low end receivers have at least 2 optical audio inputs. I'd like to use one for the TV, so that I don't have to rely on ARC for sound from the TV to the receiver. Otherwise, I guess people just plug their HDMI cables into the receivers and then connect the receiver to the TV via HDMI (is that right?).
I'd also like something with composite inputs (for my Wii), though that's not a deal breaker.
I really like the sound of my old Yamaha HTR-5730. I will keep using those speakers (4) and that subwoofer (powered). So, I would like a good-sounding 5.1 surround-sound (with HD?) receiver, but it doesn't have to be super loud or powerful (the old receiver is rated at around 100W per channel).
What I don't need:
Although 3D pass through would be okay, the DVD player has digital audio out through coax, and I can plug it straight into the back of the TV.
Internet connectivity, ability to play iphone music or video, any kinds of apps, 6.1 or 7.1 or anything.2 surround, remote control via phone.
Money is an issue. I wasn't planning on buying a receiver so soon, but I'm down to one optical audio port (and no ARC) on the current receiver, so I need to buy one soon. I'm hoping to spend less than $300 and will consider a refurb with a warranty.
Thanks for your help.