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Recommendations for Future-Proof A/V Receivers?


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#21 OFFLINE   funhouse69

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 05:51 PM

I stand corrected what I was referring to is the "Upconvert / Upscaling" which is only 1080i on the STR-DG1000 and 1080p on the STR-DG1100
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#22 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:08 PM

I should have added to my earlier post that I've been an Onkyo user for about 30 years. I have 3 Onkyo receivers (One of which is part of a Home Theater in a Box 5.1 surround system, now residing in my den. I upgraded the center channel to an Infinity C25 -- a definite improvement. In my bedroom, I have an Onkyo TX-8011 stereo receiver, driving a pair of 47 year old AR-3 speakers that still sound great.
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.

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#23 OFFLINE   chris0

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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.

#24 OFFLINE   Altcool

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 05:25 PM

Check marantz out I have the 8500 and its awesome My parents have an analog Marantz thats 25+ years old and its still working like new. Their receivers are quality. 3 year warranty.

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