Originally Posted by iceperson
Whatever you do, DON'T get a receiver without HDMI connections if HT is what it's going to be used for.
I disagree. There are so many ways around this.
Why spend so much just for HDMI when the budget is so small? I am using a Yamaha DSP-A1 in my living room. I paid $300 for it. Yes, it is 7 years old but it was a $3k unit. I would take it with its processing and especially the amp section over a budget receiver with HDMI any day.
I picked up an HDMI switcher from Monoprice which easily switches between HD cable and my HD DVD player.
I had a similar budget for my living room. I went the Flea-bay route and bought the new JBL L series. Again, I was able to "win" a pr of L830's for mains, LC1 center, and L810's for surrounds. Cost me $425 shipped-these are all perfect and direct from Harman. I then spent $300 on the DSp-A1. This left me with $75 for a Universal RF20 remote.
The original MSRP for this set WAS $5150. Granted the DSP-A1 is dated but I have had a HK avr635,435,430,247, Onkyo 502,505, 604, 804, Yamaha RX-V1, 4600, 2500, 5890, etc to compare to.
Would you rather spend your money on a new TX-SR605 and some cheap Polk R150s or R50's? The performance is not even close. I purchased a set of R50's, csi25, and 2 prs of R150s from Frys. I just gave them to my father. No comparison.
I just sold a set of Klipsch RF-35's, RC-7, and RS-35's as a direct comparison to the JBL's. Performance is equal IMO.