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Recommendations for Future-Proof A/V Receivers?
Posted 10 December 2007 - 05:51 PM
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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:08 PM
The oldest Onkyo is currently retired.
Whatever receiver you buy, it pays to have good speakers to get the best sound. As noted in my signature, my home theater system has all Paradigm speakers in a 6.1 configuration. The family room was prewired for 6.1, so I couldn't take advantage of the 7.1 capability of my Yamaha receiver.
Family Room: Samsung UN60F7100 60" LED 3D TV; Samsung BD-H5900 3D Blu-Ray DVD player; Yamaha RX-V663 AVR. Paradigm speakers - Focus fronts, CC170 center, PDR-8 subwoofer, Atom surrounds, ADP rear center; TiVo Roamio Plus DVR, Toshiba HD-A3 HD DVD player.
Bedroom: Vizio 42" 3D TV, Pioneer VSX-521-K AVR, Panasonic 3D DVD player, Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, Roku 2 XD, TiVo Premiere, Insignia HD radio tuner, Toshiba HD DVD player
Posted 15 December 2007 - 04:09 PM
Onkyo TX-SR705 looks pretty attractive - 6-700 bucks, 3 HDMI and TrueHD and DTS-HD Audio.
Denon looks amazing, but pricey.
Anyone like Onkyo? I've never owned one but need to upgrade the old Sony.
If one of your main concerns in getting a "future proof" receiver is the new lossless codecs in HDM (True HD and DTS HD MA) things may go in reverse a bit in the near future. Right now people are getting receivers that can decode those codecs. (I just got a Sony 5300ES for that very reason.) But BR and HD DVD players are probably going to move to Advanced Audio Decoding. Basically that means that the sound may be a seperate track from the voices, so that any number of alternate voice tracks could be mixed in. Those tracks could be additional languages, commentary, both PG-13 and R rated versions, or anything else. Those separate tracks can't be bitstreamed and the same time, so they'll have to be mixed in the player and sent as PCM. In other words, decoding in the receiver may be unnecessary in the future.
For right now, though, to enjoy DTS HD MA you need a player to bitstream it and a receiver that can decode it.
Some additional things to think about.