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Old 12-18-2008, 08:43 PM   #1  
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Im getting the sony BDP S350 for Christmas and I need to upgrade my 3 yr old sony receiver with no hdmi/optical,coax, nothing it stinks.

My HDTV is 57" hitachi and it only has 1 hdmi input. Im reading alot about HDMI passthrough and all of this... I also have Directv HD DVR HR21-200 which is connected currently with hdmi to my tv.

I want to run the dtv and blueray into the receiver and then the receiver into my TVs 1 hdmi input...so 2 hdmi in and 1 out. I think for the most part I will need another cable to get sound on dtv and the blueray?

I need to get the receiver ~300. Can I get the best few choices so I can have digital sound coming thru my directv,blueray? I have an xbox360 too running thru component so thats not a big must, I would like to be able to have them run thru my surround though and not the tv...never had enough inputs to get that to happen.

Thanks in advance, I only have 5 speakers, 2f/2r/1c/1sub if that means anything....Room is very small with a huuuge 57" in it, I dont need any extrapowerful receiver..just something that will get me best digital sound for the $$$ and will handle all my connections.

Thanks so much.

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Old 12-18-2008, 09:31 PM   #2  
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im reading so much I think my heads spinning. Sony STR-DG520 - if i got that one, i'd need to digital coax or optical for my sound I believe. Which cable is it and do I need one for directv, and 1 for blueray? what about xbox360 with that.

An answer is appreciated. more research gets me more confused.
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This would be perfect and you won't have to run another cable for audio. It is all done through HDMI. http://www.accessories4less.com/make...r-BLACK/1.html
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So I'd run my d* box and blueray thru HDMI to this receiver..and 1 HDMI cable to my TV and I get all the sound for those coming thru my surround sound speakers and not the TV? NO optical or coax needed? If so this is a done deal.
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check out the Sony - 700W 7.1-Ch. XM Satellite Radio-Ready A/V Home Theater Receiver
Model: STR-DG820

I have that one to go with my sony s350 and its great,has 4 hdmi ins 1 out and decodes all hd formats.although sony is'nt know for thier receivers its one of thier best. its $399 at BestBuy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1215819129104

J and R music world has it for $299,best buy will match that price.

http://www.jr.com/sony/pe/SON_STRDG820/
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Im gonna go with onkyo cuz of the price and that it can handle all my devices and more and its all HDMI, no other cables for sound.

HDMI cables here: http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

receiver here: https://www.accessories4less.com/ind...&id=ONKTXSR606

the blueray is the sony 350...

I think Im ready, thanks so much
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Im gonna go with onkyo cuz of the price and that it can handle all my devices and more and its all HDMI, no other cables for sound.

HDMI cables here: http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

receiver here: https://www.accessories4less.com/ind...&id=ONKTXSR606

the blueray is the sony 350...

I think Im ready, thanks so much
Good choice! Let us know if you need help. The Onkyos come with a nice "Quick Setup sheet" that will have you listening to true HD audio in no time.

I would trust Onkyo much more than I would Sony for my receiver. I bought an Onkyo TX-SR606 recently and have to say that it's a very nice receiver. It does everything I need it to do though I am only running 5.1 on it too.
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So I'd run my d* box and blueray thru HDMI to this receiver..and 1 HDMI cable to my TV and I get all the sound for those coming thru my surround sound speakers and not the TV? NO optical or coax needed? If so this is a done deal.
You got it! A nice simple solution and much better than the Sony receivers.
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Loves2watch loves his Onkyo. And why not? Generally excellent value. However, if sound quality really means a lot to you, you should seriously consider some of the Yamaha offerings.
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Loves2watch loves his Onkyo. And why not? Generally excellent value. However, if sound quality really means a lot to you, you should seriously consider some of the Yamaha offerings.
Are you saying Onkyo's sound offering is not up to par? What makes Yammy's better, in your opinion?

I have owned both and the sound was pretty much the same but the price difference for the Yammy was not worth the cost difference.
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Are you saying Onkyo's sound offering is not up to par? What makes Yammy's better, in your opinion?

I have owned both and the sound was pretty much the same but the price difference for the Yammy was not worth the cost difference.
Yamaha produces a much more accurate and natural sound and broader sound stage in general. You must compare apples to apples, i.e., comparable models. Read the critical reviews and carefully listen. There is a general consensus on this issue. Onkyo is no slouch but Yamaha is clearly better. Ask any audiophile. I own both and have for a long time. The difference is quite startling to me. Onkyo offers better value, you get more bells and whistles for the money. But for sheer sound quality, Yamaha wins hands down. Surprising you can't hear a difference.
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Yamaha produces a much more accurate and natural sound and broader sound stage in general. You must compare apples to apples, i.e., comparable models. Read the critical reviews and carefully listen. There is a general consensus on this issue. Onkyo is no slouch but Yamaha is clearly better. Ask any audiophile. I own both and have for a long time. The difference is quite startling to me. Onkyo offers better value, you get more bells and whistles for the money. But for sheer sound quality, Yamaha wins hands down. Surprising you can't hear a difference.
Not many people coming here asking for receivers seem to be able to afford Yamaha, hence asking for sub $500 receivers.

As always, what I hear and what you hear is subjective anyway.

Also, I don't think many audiophiles would think much of Yamaha... Not high end enough for them.

I have a mid-upper range Denon for my HT room, the Onkyo I have is for my bedroom setup.
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Not many people coming here asking for receivers seem to be able to afford Yamaha, hence asking for sub $500 receivers.

As always, what I hear and what you hear is subjective anyway.

Also, I don't think many audiophiles would think much of Yamaha... Not high end enough for them.

I have a mid-upper range Denon for my HT room, the Onkyo I have is for my bedroom setup.
Point 1: You have no idea what people who come here can afford you snobbish piece of sh*t;
Point 2: What we hear may be different, but if you can't hear the difference between a Yamaha and an Onkyo, you should probably have your hearing tested;
Point 3: The issue is not whether audiophiles would choose Yamaha but whether they would conclude (and most would) that it is more open and natural sounding than Onkyo.
Point 4: Read the reviews.
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Yamaha produces a much more accurate and natural sound and broader sound stage in general. I'd like to see you prove that, especially the more accurate part. This is only your opinion. You must compare apples to apples, i.e., comparable models. Read the critical reviews and carefully listen. There is a general consensus on this issue. Onkyo is no slouch but Yamaha is clearly better. Again, proof to back up that false statement. Ask any audiophile. I own both and have for a long time. The difference is quite startling to me. Onkyo offers better value, you get more bells and whistles for the money. But for sheer sound quality, Yamaha wins hands down. Surprising you can't hear a difference.Because you can't either. Can anyone say placebo effect?
The major receiver manufacturers ALL make good quality, reliable equipment (there is one exception when it comes to reliability) and when reviewed by PROFESSIONALS, the facts are given and conclusions/results given. Each brand has had models given rave reviews and some not so good. To say one brand is clearly superior to another (when comparing apples to apples) in general is just plain ridiculous without any factual information backing up those claims.

In other words, Pioneer, Onkyo, Harman Kardon, Yamaha, Denon and a few others ALL make comparable model receivers and research/reviews prove that out. Many/most have different features which sway a consumer one way or another. Also speakers make a lot of difference in the sound. Do your research purchase what you like but don't discount other brands because one person believes Yamaha to be more accurate, natural, broader etc. (salesman hype) than other brands because it just ain't so.
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The major receiver manufacturers ALL make good quality, reliable equipment (there is one exception when it comes to reliability) and when reviewed by PROFESSIONALS, the facts are given and conclusions/results given. Each brand has had models given rave reviews and some not so good. To say one brand is clearly superior to another (when comparing apples to apples) in general is just plain ridiculous without any factual information backing up those claims.

In other words, Pioneer, Onkyo, Harman Kardon, Yamaha, Denon and a few others ALL make comparable model receivers and research/reviews prove that out. Many/most have different features which sway a consumer one way or another. Also speakers make a lot of difference in the sound. Do your research purchase what you like but don't discount other brands because one person believes Yamaha to be more accurate, natural, broader etc. (salesman hype) than other brands because it just ain't so.
Loves2watch, your problem is you have bias in favor of Onkyo and Toshiba. Read the reviews. Yamaha simply makes a better (i.e., more natural ) sounding piece of equipment. You don't have to believe me. If you could come out from behind those blinders long enough and compare, you would probably agree. Most experts do. Onkyo simply does not make the best sounding equipment. Those are the facts. I am not talking about features. Denon's receivers are also better sounding than Onkyo. Do the research. All you have to do is pull comparable models and put on a decent recording-audio or video-and your ears should tell you the truth. Yamaha and Denon would eat Onkyo alive. They always have.
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