I guess I've really got three questions here.
First, my TV related system now consists of:
- DirecTV DVR
- Sony Blue-Ray DVR
- Panasonic DVR (read + write)
- Old VHS VCR,
- JVC Super S-VHS VCR
- Sony Beta VCR (barely works)
- Sony ED-Beta VCR (needs fixing)
- Turntable that I rarely use
I used to have an old Receiver, with an ocean of inputs and outputs on the back, but none of them were for Component or HDMI. I thoroughly disliked that receiver, and gave it away, forcing myself to get a new one. I'll be at B&H Photovideo tomorrow, so maybe I can pick out something that will work for me. I don't need all of the above connected at the same time, but I'd like to connect as many as is reasonably possible. Two or three is too few.
I live in a small apartment, so I don't have any need for a powerful amplifier.
I also have no need for i-related stuff in a receiver, as I use Android.
I don't mind paying extra for quality, but won't waste money on more power that I can't use.
I would prefer it to have 'phono' inputs from my turntable, but apparently these are no longer available?
Does anyone have any recommendations for a good receiver, with a lot of inputs, that might be a good choice for me?
Second question. I called Sony earlier today about buying either their STR-DH520 or STR-DA1800ES Receiver. They told two things that puzzle me:
a) that only one output works at a time (either HDMI, component, or composite - but only one!!)
if I connect an HDMI input, only the HDMI output can be used, and ditto for component signals. I thought all the outputs would be powered simultaneously?
Is this true, or was she mistaken, or should I be looking at a different manufacturer?
Third question, I have considered buying a Hauppauge HD PVR, which will allow me to store recorded material on my computer, just as I used to do with video tapes. This way, even if the DVR dies completely, my most important recordings will be stored in more than one place. At some point in the future, it will become part of my system, so I need to get to the "component outputs" from my system, so the Hauppauge will connect things to my PC. Once something is stored on the PC, I won't need it stored on the DVR, which will free up that space for other recordings.
Any help would be appreciated.
Edited by mikemyers, 18 April 2013 - 10:12 AM.