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Old 12-06-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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I am ready for an audio upgrade and I am from the Dark Ages.

I have a 5.0 system (no sub-woofer) with two huge Rectilinear 3 Highboys as anchors, so no problem with big bass. I have been running the audio through an old Dolby-Pro-logic receiver (sort of fake 5 channel from stereo, but NICE fake.)

TV runs into this with all audio into receiver with Right and Left RCA plugs and only output now is Blu-Ray into TV. (Separate audio inputs from CD and LP (now gone...tears shed.)

Time to go modern.

So I want a receiver that will take HDMI from my Blu-Ray (and maybe my Verizon 7232 if possible) and have it come out to the speakers as discreet 5 channel sound.

What do I need to buy? Is DTS all I need to know?

Should I wire everything into the receiver via HDMI and have only one HDMI input to the TV?

(I was sharp on audio 20 years ago and then went sort of brain-dead.)

Any hints for me?

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Old 12-06-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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You want an AVR that has multiple (at least 4 preferably 6 or more) HDMI inputs and that can decode the HD audio codecs (Dolby TrueHD + DTS HD-MA) which is nearly all new/modern AVR at this point. You are correct in assuming that what you will want to do is to run a HDMI cable from each peripherals' audio out to a HDMI input on your AVR and 1 HDMI from your AVR to your tv. In the set-up menu of the AVR you will assign audio channels and speaker levels. Most new avr come with a microphone that allow you to run test signals and the AVR will figure out the levels for you. There are a number of propreitary names such as Audyssey, YPAO etc. that do this.
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Old 12-06-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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Get something like the Denon AVR1613 which will have a mic to really create great surround. This and other AVR's will have multiple HDMI in's and one HDMI out to go to your tv. Most components now use HDMI so it's neat and clean.

While i'm sure your highboys produce good lows, there is no replacement for a dedicated subwoofer channel, I suggest picking up an inexpensive sub when you hook everything up and run the sound set-up.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:31 AM   #4
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Thanks guys,

I will add a subwoofer and start looking for a good receiver (on sale preferably $300-400ish.)

Gee, I hate to toss out a perfectly functional receiver that was $400+ back in 1992, aka REAL money, but I guess there is nothing so useless as technology that has become antiquated.

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Old 12-11-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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Go here - http://www.accessories4less.com/ - to find some fantastic pricing on receivers. I personally would suggest either Denon or Onkyo. For the money, you can't beat either one. For example, here is an excellent receiver, well within your budget, that will do everything you need/want and more - http://www.accessories4less.com/make...eceiver/1.html . Many of us here have purchased equipment from them and have been more than satisfied with both the equipment and their customer service. .
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