Help Recommend Me A Receiver
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:31 AM
The house has already got in-ceiling speakers with speaker wire wall connections, and appears to have front and rears.
So I need, for the first time in my life, a receiver to decode signals from the Dune and STB, and to drive the speakers. What's a good entry level device and what price point should I be looking at? I suppose it is conceivable I might upgrade the in-ceilings one day but they are still going to be pretty average.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:33 AM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:35 AM
i.e all devices into the receiver that will always be on and always use for audio?
or are you likely to use the in-built plasma speakers when watching "normal tv" content and just flick on the receiver for movies etc?
Personally i don;t like the idea of having a receiver that doesn't have a built in Analogue>Digital video scaler
i.e you can't put in component video from older devices and have it output through the receivers HDMI cable to the display without that scaler.
entry-level receivers don;t usually have this feature and it really annoys me.
paying an extra $200 now on a mid-level receiver may save some headaches with connectivity issues later-on.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:25 PM
Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:00 PM
That said, I recognise I am constrained by the speakers and don't want to overdo the receiver. I was thinking about Al's price point, maybe a bit lower if I can lose upscaling. And of course second hand is a possibility once I know what I'm looking for.