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OK , so my room is almost ready. I am going for a 100 - 120" screen. I will be hooking up XBOX 360 , A Bluray player (Have not bought yet , open to recommendations on a budget) , DirecTV HD DVR , and my slingbox. Everything wil be running HDMI. I have a few receivers laying around that I am not using. None of which switch HDMI. I am not a big audio guy , I am more of a video person. I watch most things at the house with surround headphones due to the kiddos sleeping. Should I shell out the coin for a new receiver that does HDMI switching or go for some sort of video processor/switch? I have been out of the game for a while. I really am trying to stick to a budget. So to summarize :


1. BluRay on a budget (BTW, I can buy Sony Products at cost)

2. New Receiver or HDMI switch

3. Screen Recommendation (Fixed) Room will have no outside light.
 

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Shell out the coin for Onkyo 805/806 (good bang for buck and you can find these cheap), Oppo BD80 Blu-ray player should out perform the Sony (read the reviews), bang for buck on screen would be Elite, Visual Apex, Focupix, Carada. It's rather hard to recommend a screen though, since you didn't mention any details of your room (i.e light controlled, ambient light, etc).
 

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I second the Onkyo's. They're a great bargain. I bought my Onkyo TX-SR705 on Amazon for about half for what you get at a box store. While on Amazon.com, look up the Panasonic DMP-BD60 . Great value Blu-Ray player. I got mine near the holidays for $100. As far as a screen, head on over to the DYI Screen thread for some great alternatives. Try that out to save for now, and you can always upgrade it later.
 

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You are gonna get a lot of various answers to this as everyone is partial to their own brand. I will add my two cents from personal experience. Two years ago I tried out an Onkyo 606, a Denon 988, and a Yamaha 663. All were between $400-$600. The Onkyo sounded nice but ran very hot. The video signal was garbage. The denon sounded good but was the most expensive. I went with the Yamaha as it gave the best bang for the buck. Well, about a year later, I started to use the video processing and the Yamaha was fine for hdmi, but any conversion looked like garbage (i.e. component to hdmi). I began my search again. I ended up with the Denon 1910 for about $500. Cnet.com posted their review about 4 months after I bought mine, and although they really screwed up their audio review of it (that's another story as most people will say it sounds great), their testing showed it to have the best video processing in its price range. To me, the Denon does it all. The audyssey processing is priceless to me. The video processing is great. The sound quality excellent. For $500, it does an amazing job. If you need more features, you can step up to the 2310. The receiver forums here is where I did most of my research so you may get a lot more info posting over there. Basically, Onkyo seems to have poor reliability, build quality, and run hot. Sony is just crap for the money. Yamaha cut all of their power sections this year (Although newegg has a great deal on the 765 right now for $399). Pioneer cut their power sections. Harman Kardon is getting the kinks worked out with some firmware upgrades. That left Denon and Marantz (both owned by same company). Denon was a little cheaper . Worked out good for me. Like I said, just my 2 cents. You know what opinions are like......
 

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I can buy Denon at cost too .. I will look there .. I have all Denon equip on my 46" XBR 3 Sony downstairs .. I am taking all my measurements now .. Thanks!
 
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