Originally Posted by Karter74
I appreciate the return questions. Helps me to learn about what I am spending my money on.
I want to capture the audio. So the latter.
I'm not sure whether the Denon and Yammy that MikeD2 has on his list process audio, but the others are certainly good suggestions. Check out everything on his list.
One thing to keep in mind is how many HDMI inputs you want. If you want more than one, then avoid the Pannys I listed (they have just one HDMI input, for some bizarre reason) - the Onkyo and JVC models are all good with two, though I do wish they had three or four.
If you don't mind multiple cables going to your TV, then the Onkyo 604 is a good choice, IMHO. If you want to reduce the number of cables to the TV to one (and not have to switch the TV input when you switch the receiver input) then look for a transcoding receiver (a.k.a. "upconverting" in the brochures, but sometimes it just converts to HDMI, not upscales to 1080i/p), such as one of the JVCs or the Onkyo 674.
I'd suggest you scan around the forum to see what other receivers have to offer in your price range, and to check what features the various models have or lack that you'd like. It took me a while to make a choice that was "good enough" and at the price I liked. (With enough money to throw at the problem, you don't need to take much time to decide.)