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Old 04-23-2007, 10:13 AM
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Default What receiver to recommend to get 5.1 PCM?

Going to upgrade my Receiver Yamaha RXV-1500. Any recommendations for a good receiver with HDMI for 5.1 PCM?
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Old 04-23-2007, 11:27 AM
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Going to upgrade my Receiver Yamaha RXV-1500. Any recommendations for a good receiver with HDMI for 5.1 PCM?
How much do you want to spend? If you are on a budget, the Yamaha 5990 and Onkyo 604 are good receivers. The upcoming Onkyo 605 will have HDMI 1.3 support and will decode HD-MA, and TrueHD and will retail for $499 (I pre-ordered mine for $399 at J&R).

Panasonic, Marantz, Pioneer, and Denon all make good HDMI receivers as well. Just do your research. Some of the budget receivers do not always pass both audio and video over HDMI (some just do video). Some of the receivers also only have one HDMI in and one out. I would recommend buying a receiver that has at least 2 HMDI inputs.

Please let us know your budget, and you may want to checkout the receiver section at avsfoum.com.
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I've tried messing around with other receivers and I'm stuck on Onkyo. They're just great for me. The previous model to the 605 is the TX-SR604 which will accept a PCM signal over HDMI. If you're using the PS3 I believe it can decode the DTS-HDMA and TrueHD tracks and send them over HDMI to the 604 (can be found for under $400 online). However, I'd wait and spend the extra bit for the 605 since it will have the Faroudja DCDi to send all incoming video over HDMI (this is the only real advantage I see the 605 having over the 604), which will tend to make incoming SD video look better on an HDTV than the way your HDTV processes it.
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I have seen the same Onkyo model being recommended at another site. My budget is between 500-1000 and since I have a PS3 as my BD player, I need a receiver with HDMI audio playback (not pass through) as you have mentioned. I don't know if the Onkyo would pair well with my Klipsch speakers though. I can't recall seeing users at the Klipsch forum pairing them at all but will ask around.

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With a budget like that, you might consider the HK 347. It's a real piece of work imo. The only problem with receivers like the upcoming Onkyo and other HDMI units that process the audio is there are't many reviews or other information available yet.

If you want to hear what the 347 sounds like with some Klipsch speakers, if you have a Best Buy around their new audio rooms are equipped for this.
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I have seen the same Onkyo model being recommended at another site. My budget is between 500-1000 and since I have a PS3 as my BD player, I need a receiver with HDMI audio playback (not pass through) as you have mentioned. I don't know if the Onkyo would pair well with my Klipsch speakers though. I can't recall seeing users at the Klipsch forum pairing them at all but will ask around.
If that's your budget then I'd recommend you get the Onkyo TX-SR804, I have it and I think it's an amazing machine. You can get it for around $700-800, just look for it on-line.
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online). However, I'd wait and spend the extra bit for the 605 since it will have the Faroudja DCDi to send all incoming video over HDMI (this is the only real advantage I see the 605 having over the 604), which will tend to make incoming SD video look better on an HDTV than the way your HDTV processes it.

This brought a question to mind. I'm thinking about replacing my Pioneer Elite VSX-45TX as it does not have HDMI. Now hear is my question. I'm getting the new Samsung BD-P1200 with the HQV chip that is supposed to be fantastic in upconverting SD dvd's. If I'm using the Sammy to view a sd dvd and the HQV chips upconverts it...then INTO the receiver and it goes thru the Faroudja DCDi what will the picture look like ? Better, the same, or worse since you'll be using TWO chips to up convert.

Also....do you happen to know the watts per channel for the 605 ? I'd like to get more than the 100 I get currently. Thanks.
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If the incoming signal is already scaled then it should be simply passed along without being re-processed.

The 604 and 605 are 90W RMS per channel. The cheap manufacturers would rate it at 130W/channel.
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I was doing some additional research on receivers and found out that many current receivers do not handle LFE over HDMI correctly.

On this link (SRI can't make a direct link since I'm new).... avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=748147 it shows what receivers are good (GREEN) and those to stay away from (RED).

Onkyo 604/804 are GREEN.
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:23 PM
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I Love my Yamaha RXV-2600. And seeing that you have a Yamaha now, I have noticed with many once you go Yamaha you don't want to go back to anything else. I recommend Any of the Yamaha's with HDMI 1600,1700,2600,2700. Good luck!
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