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I want a new receiver.

Setg
10-11-2006, 09:05 PM
And need a lil help. I want to stay around $300 and I saw some that play dvd with HDMI. I will be getting Blu or Hddvd when a winner is declared but I dont want to have buy a new receiver when that happens. And my TV only has 1 hdmi port. So any comments would be a great help.

bmwcyle
10-12-2006, 02:39 PM
And need a lil help. I want to stay around $300 and I saw some that play dvd with HDMI. I will be getting Blu or Hddvd when a winner is declared but I dont want to have buy a new receiver when that happens. And my TV only has 1 hdmi port. So any comments would be a great help.


www.ubid.com :cool:

DelsFan
10-16-2006, 05:33 PM
"I want to stay around $300 and I saw some that play dvd with HDMI."

My standard advice is you are better off paying $225 to $300 for a used, medium quality* (Denon, etc.) receiver with 75 to 100 wpc than a new Sony or even lesser processor with 125 wpc for $300. The used Denon (or similar) reciever will sound well better.

However, I don't know that there are that many used processors out there that have the fairly new to the industry HDMI inputs and outputs. MY ADVICE would be to see what used, good, receivers are out there that have HDMI - and adjust my budget accordingly. They might be $600 to $800 units (new) that are available for $350 to $400 (used). Start at Audiogon (http://www.audiogon.com) as people who advertise there tend to have medium to high-end equipment that is generally in near perfect condition. Yes, you can get something cheaper on e-bay - usually only a few percent though - but generally the sellers are not as particular as those on audiogon. [Conversely, you can get sticker shock there, as there are more $2000 processors advertised than $200-$400 ones...]

*that's medium quality to the masses, low end to audiophiles. Anything lower than Denon doesn't usually register on the audiophile scale, as most find those units unlistenable.
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"I dont want to have buy a new receiver when that happens."

More reason to adjust your budget now (if necessary). You don't want to have to buy another receiver when you realize how pathetic your cheap, but new, with HDMI, receiver sounds.

Best of Luck.

PS: Now, if you win the lottery (but, sadly, you correctly chose only 5 out of 6 numbers), I hear ordering direct from Outlaw Audio is cost efficient as well as pleasing to the ears. [Ooooooooooooh, a quick visit to their site didn't reveal that their processors have HDMI inputs. They will soon, I'm sure, but it's kind of a moot point as their entry level receiver/processor is $899.)