Originally Posted by deboardfam
Receiver question, I am looking at several.. the Denon AVR-791... the Denon 1712... or the Onkyo HT-R590... all are 7.1.. the onkyo is cheaper and has more options as far as inputs etc. (my plan was to run two opticals as inputs, one being my Directv HR24 and the other the ps3) I know onkyo are having some problems with several of their models but I didnt see this one listed. I am leaning towards the 1712 but it is the more expensive one out of this list and has similar features to the others. Ideas between these?
Of the three receivers you have listed, one is a "home theater in a box", the Onkyo HT-R590. Two are discontinued so you may find a great deal on them if you can find them.
The Denon 1712 is a current model and will support all of your needs, however, the need to run optical output from your DirecTV HR24 and Sony PS3 is perplexing. Both of those components have HDMI outputs. Optical output would be best used for components without HDMI and when the only alternative is stereo output via RCA.
The HDMI outputs from both your satellite and console will give you the digital surround output (or digital stereo sound quality) I believe you are seeking. Optical will only benefit you only if you are not using the video and adds unnecessary cabling.
If I were to go out and buy one of the three, I would most likely go with the Denon 1712 as it has all of the features of the other two and is a current model (not that newer is any better).
There are a couple more options if Onkyo is a brand you are considering. The TX-NR515
and the TX-NR609
are a little more expensive but have a couple of future proof technologies (i.e. 4K up-scaling, 192K 24 bit Burr Brown DACs, network ready with adapter or Cat-5). They also offer slightly higher power outputs if you decide to upgrade speaker components in the future.
Ultimately, the price is going to be a factor. Saving a month or two more and getting a newer (future ready) model may end up saving you regrets or upgrade prices later...
Hope this helps my friend.