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I've been outa the HT loop for a while, and a small windfall of cash has me suddenly in the game again.


I just picked up a Mitsubishi HC5500, I'm going to be building an X-Large Laminate screen in a light controlled room, and I have a decent sub with ~1000 watts behind it, with a very geeked out HTPC and PS3 as sources....but it's all run through a 5 year old Yammi Dolby Digital receiver.


What I'm dreaming of is a $1000 (or there abouts) receiver that has some impact, but isn't as harsh as my older Yamaha when I turn it up. Since HTPC is often my source, I'd like *quality* 1080p upscailing. I typically don't have many sources, and right now my projector is my only display device, so I'm not terribly worried about HDMI inputs and outputs. I think I'd enjoy HD Radio, as well as the options for XM and Sirius, though I don't currently have any Sat Radio. Network uplink through RJ-45 would be splended if the amp really uses it, and icing on the cake would be an amp that supports the Zune media players we use.


So, is my day dreaming too far ahead of the curve right now? Or is there something really fantastic out there that fits into that niche?
 

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Originally Posted by Lonely Raven /forum/post/15482836


I've been outa the HT loop for a while, and a small windfall of cash has me suddenly in the game again.


I just picked up a Mitsubishi HC5500, I'm going to be building an X-Large Laminate screen in a light controlled room, and I have a decent sub with ~1000 watts behind it, with a very geeked out HTPC and PS3 as sources....but it's all run through a 5 year old Yammi Dolby Digital receiver.


What I'm dreaming of is a $1000 (or there abouts) receiver that has some impact, but isn't as harsh as my older Yamaha when I turn it up. Since HTPC is often my source, I'd like *quality* 1080p upscailing. I typically don't have many sources, and right now my projector is my only display device, so I'm not terribly worried about HDMI inputs and outputs. I think I'd enjoy HD Radio, as well as the options for XM and Sirius, though I don't currently have any Sat Radio. Network uplink through RJ-45 would be splended if the amp really uses it, and icing on the cake would be an amp that supports the Zune media players we use.


So, is my day dreaming too far ahead of the curve right now? Or is there something really fantastic out there that fits into that niche?

In that price range I would look into the Onkyo 876. It would meet most of your requirements from what you state, above. The 906 would be even closer to what you want, but plan on spending another $400 to $500.
 

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In that price range I would look into the Onkyo 876. It would meet most of your requirements from what you state, above. The 906 would be even closer to what you want, but plan on spending another $400 to $500.

Those *happen* to be the two I'm looking at, but I don't want to limit myself to one brand...I used to be a die-hard Denon guy, but quickly learned to keep an open mind if I want the best piece of hardware *that year* for my $$. So I'm not limiting myself to Onkyo.
 

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The Denon with upscaling/deinterlacing equal to (probably better than) the Onkyo 875/876/905/906 would be the 5308. All the other Denons currently have Faroudja chipsets which may do deinterlacing well but are generally sub-par on upscaling. Pioneer uses Faroudja too. Yamaha may have Anchor Bay in some of their newer units but I don't think these are as good as a Reon in upscaling.
 

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The Denon with upscaling/deinterlacing equal to (probably better than) the Onkyo 875/876/905/906 would be the 5308. All the other Denons currently have Faroudja chipsets which may do deinterlacing well but are generally sub-par on upscaling. Pioneer uses Faroudja too. Yamaha may have Anchor Bay in some of their newer units but I don't think these are as good as a Reon in upscaling.

Sounds like the Reon chip is really the keystone to receiver choice.


So is there a resource where I can look up what receivers use the Reon upscaling chip? I can start from there and work my way back.
 
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