I've searched and researched and fumbled around looking for a reciever or controller to be somewhat future proof, and still have a decent price, but come up with more frustration than anything. So I'm asking the guru's out here on avsforum for some guidance. Here's what I need - I'm setting up to run with BD media. I've stayed out until now knowing that the war wasn't over. Well I figure it ended with the WB deal. So I ordered a PS3, but I don't have an hdmi reciever. Here's what I've got:
Optoma HD32 (720p) projector
Integra 7.4 Reciever (going to sell this)
Carver av-806 6channel amp
Wharfedale Pacific Evo Front, Center, Surr
Some crap Pioneer rear bookshelves (currently powered by the receiver)
I've looked at the following
Integra DTC 9.4 - nice, but too much $$ I think right now
Onkyo 705 - good, but some are getting overheating issues, and weird qc problems
Onkyo 605 - good, but no preouts
Denon 2308 - good, but still no preouts
Denon 2808 - good, but this is near as much as the DTC - so i'd rather have that
Pioneer Elite 92 - again cost is up there.
Onkyo Pro 9.4 - same as Integra DTC
Does anyone have any other suggestions?
It seems I'd be fine if the scaler was a Faroudja DCDi, the Reon might be too much for a 720p projector, but some day I will have a 1080p.
Is there a cheaper reciever (as i don't need the power amp to be good) that has a decent scaler and preout? The denon 2308 would be perfect if it had a preout.
Crazy thing is I'm leaning toward the overkill DTC 9.4, but I really shouldn't spend that much. I don't like spending money on a receiver when all I need is a decent controller out of one of these mid range receivers.
Is there some controller out there that does this?