I want to get a half decend surround sound system going for my apartment next year. So far ive got the Sammy 2675 26" HDTV and the 810 Up-HD dvd player, so i want to get something to go with those in the mid'ish range. 200-300 is around my price range, becuase I imagine speakers cost alot too.
Preferabbly something with Pro Logic IIx, becuase it can simulate 7.1 right ?
Prologic IIx doesn't simulate 7.1. It converts a 2 channel or 5 channel program into 7.1. So unless you have seven speakers plus a subwoofer I wouldn't worry about Prologic IIx at the moment. As for a $200-300 reciever check out Yamaha, Onkyo, Denon, Panasonic and Pioneer. If possible listen with same speakers and let your ears decide.
Isn't the only reason the HDMI is being passed thru the XR70 is to get the audio off the digital stream? Otherwise, wouldn't it be just the same to run HDMI to your video display and get an optical cable to run to the receiver?
This is unless you want everything running thru your receiver, but you would still have to switch inputs on your TV.
Just bought a Yamaha HTR-5740 at BB the other day for $269.00 + tax. So far it has been a great receiver, one thing to note would be it doesn't have any s-video in/outs although not an issue for me, it could be for others. If you are still looking at speakers, check out the Athena Micra 6 5.1 set. These speakers sound amazing in my smallish living room, and man this little sub kicks a$$!!!!. I too live in an apartment and now I have the neighbors above trying to compete. Bring it on I say. Oh yea I bought the speakers at BB online for $269+tax reg price on them was 499.99 try it out you will not be dissapointed.
Gosh people are so sensitive sometimes. Sounds like the whole Rockets thing.
M Code was actually recommending the Panny, but people still bristled when he brought up the aspects that are MOST often debated as negatives of that receiver. He made a very reasonable statement.
If those negative aspects didn't exist, well then it'd be hailed by All to be the receiver of the year. It's not, though, is it?
When tested with the appropriate criteria, it doesn't have 100 watts per channel. So, people without high sensitivity speakers may not get enough watts to push the receiver. The same goes for speakers that dip into low ohms over parts of the frequency range.
Dolby PLIIx?: No
7 channels of amplification: No
Crossovers: 100 Hz is the lowest, not the 80 Hz that is recommended
Speaker Terminals: Most are small clips I think
Composite / S-Video Transcoding to Component: No
I'm not saying this is a bad receiver for the price. Obviously not, considering the raves. But those are STILL items that people have debated and made them turn away towards other receivers, even if they spent more money. Because those negatives didn't sway YOU doesn't mean they don't exist for people.
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