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I've been blundering through the forums trying to see if I should get rid of my Yamaha 363/Harman Kardan 146. Couldn't decide between the 2 as I like the 363's better bass probably due to crossover options and speaker controls (seemed lacking on the 146), but the 146 looks better and highs sound a bit clearer. Should I buy a Yamaha HTR-5890 (getting a decent deal on it). Will there be a noticeable difference in sound quality?


I'm not sure about HDMI right now because most systems in my range (~$200) don't have full HDMI support, but switching might be good to have. I only bought the 363 and 146 because they had HDMI, but upon closer inspection of my setup I think I might not need them.


I most likely will not use the HDMI switch as I'll be hooking most things from my HTPC. Sound from BluRay/HD DVD will come from analogue out on my Auzentech Prelude soundcard (because true HD sound can't be routed through HDMI except with a PS3 right?). Video through my HD 4850's (Which will upconvert whatever media i throw at it for me). So do I need HDMI?


Or since I'm not doing any sound/video processing, should I opt for an amp? Are there any that will do 5.1/7.1 strong enough to run my gear, within the $200 range?


AV123 ELT525M (I hear these need lots of power to sound their best)

Gateway KAS 303 Center (similar to HSU ventriloquist, may be replaced at a moment's notice) and Subwoofer (similar to HSU STF-2 /w 150watt amp)

(surrounds are undecided at the moment)

30" Dell 3007 WFP 2560x1600 or 32" 1080p HDTV (no wider than 31.5")


HTPC:

Phenom 9600 BE or Core2Quad E9550

4850 crossfire or GTX 280

Auzentech Prelude 7.1

LG GGC-H20L BD/HDDVD Rom

Artec USB HDTV QAM Tuner


50/30/20 Gaming/Movies/Music
 
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