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Old 01-25-2008, 02:47 PM   #26
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you will not find a HDMI receiver for 200 bucks...but 250-300 yes....

oh and beethoven...GET the CSi3. i went to frys and heard it on their 'Demo Polk Room' and it blew me away. i got it from crutchfield for 160 shipped! i just neeed to get some cables for it and i'm set.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:50 PM   #27
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GET THE Onkyo 505!!! HDMI !!!!
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR505...1290503&sr=8-9
239 w/ free shipping. it's the best bang for the buck. stop looking for anything else you dolt!

..but if you're a cheap bastard I would go with the Yamaha HTR-6030BL (NO HDMI)
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-HTR-603...1290503&sr=8-1
179 w/ free shipping.

but onkyo all the way.

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Old 01-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #28
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errr. i just found another nice alternative
Harman Kardon AVR 145 (HDMI)
http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-...1290676&sr=1-4
260 w/ free shipping.

NOT BAD.
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:56 PM   #29
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@ mikal.

Anyways, so I get home and I see my beautiful Polk CSi3 waiting for me and of course...no speaker cables were included.

So my question is. What kind of Speaker Cable should I get ? 16 gauge? any suggestions?
16 gauge copper with white jacket speaker wire from radio shack...

Cheap and effective...
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Old 01-25-2008, 02:57 PM   #30
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chris... those probably all have hdmi pass through... a waste of $$$ IMHO... get a better receiver with an hdmi switcher...
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:00 PM   #31
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GET THE Onkyo 505!!! HDMI !!!!
http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR505...1290503&sr=8-9
239 w/ free shipping. it's the best bang for the buck. stop looking for anything else you dolt!

..but if you're a cheap bastard I would go with the Yamaha HTR-6030BL (NO HDMI)
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-HTR-603...1290503&sr=8-1
179 w/ free shipping.

but onkyo all the way.
me like. Thanks Chris
and yes I am a cheap bastard and will probably get the yami.
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:25 PM   #32
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me like. Thanks Chris
and yes I am a cheap bastard and will probably get the yami.
like i said above... that won't be a full featured hdmi receiver

it most likely won't upconvert signals to hdmi to allow 1 cable to the tv and won't deal with audio...
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:25 PM   #33
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Heyyyy whattaya know. The folks at CC must have been in a good mood. They were very nice to me and simply exchanged the coax cable for an optical


Now I just need surrounds
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:26 PM   #34
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chris... those probably all have hdmi pass through... a waste of $$$ IMHO... get a better receiver with an hdmi switcher...
I'm looking for a good receiver that'll convert all inbound signals to outbound HDMI with 1080p support for <$500. Any thoughts?
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:28 PM   #35
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I'm looking for a good receiver that'll convert all inbound signals to outbound HDMI with 1080p support for <$500. Any thoughts?
Onkyo 605 would do it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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I'm looking for a good receiver that'll convert all inbound signals to outbound HDMI with 1080p support for <$500. Any thoughts?
Onkyo 605
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Old 01-25-2008, 03:37 PM   #37
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Onkyo 605 would do it. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
looks like it does, and I like onkyo (except for the receiver that came with my OT recommended HTIB setup that blew its power supply after 2 years).

Looks like the 605 is actually a step down from the onkyo i have now, but hte onkyo I have now won't do analog-digital conversion for hdmi output. The 705 looks like it adds some functionality an additional hdmi input for $100 more, I'm not sure 2 HDMI inputs on the 605 will be sufficient for the end state of my gear. Then again, in the end state im going to need 4 hdmi inputs and that isn't even going to be possible...

I'm really holding out until I can stomach dropping $1350-1500 on the Denon AVR-3808CI...
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looks like it does, and I like onkyo (except for the receiver that came with my OT recommended HTIB setup that blew its power supply after 2 years).

Looks like the 605 is actually a step down from the onkyo i have now, but hte onkyo I have now won't do analog-digital conversion for hdmi output. The 705 looks like it adds some functionality an additional hdmi input for $100 more, I'm not sure 2 HDMI inputs on the 605 will be sufficient for the end state of my gear. Then again, in the end state im going to need 4 hdmi inputs and that isn't even going to be possible...

I'm really holding out until I can stomach dropping $1350-1500 on the Denon AVR-3808CI...
the 705 is more than $100 difference in the real world...

maybe not msrp, but what you can get them for it's more than 100
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the 705 is more than $100 difference in the real world...

maybe not msrp, but what you can get them for it's more than 100
yeah I just saw that the 605 is 399.99 at bhphotovideo.... hmmm... Still, I don't think 2 HDMI inputs is going to cut it for me for any longer then 3-6 months.
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yeah I just saw that the 605 is 399.99 at bhphotovideo.... hmmm... Still, I don't think 2 HDMI inputs is going to cut it for me for any longer then 3-6 months.
monoprice 2x1, 3x1, or 4x1 switcher. I got the 2x1 push button one for like $15.
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yeah I just saw that the 605 is 399.99 at bhphotovideo.... hmmm... Still, I don't think 2 HDMI inputs is going to cut it for me for any longer then 3-6 months.
i'm still okay with the 2...

only hd dvd and blu-ray require hdmi audio right now, so other things can go straight to the TV or via component...
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Wait, HD DVD and blu-ray require HDMI audio?
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Wait, HD DVD and blu-ray require HDMI audio?
naw, they still have outputs for bare bone RCA audio. You just can't enjoy the new formats like DTS HD, TrueHD, etc. without HDMI
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naw, they still have outputs for bare bone RCA audio. You just can't enjoy the new formats like DTS HD, TrueHD, etc. without HDMI
Ok, but Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 are still available to standard digital outputs.
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Ok, but Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 are still available to standard digital outputs.
yessir, and from what Danz said I believe you can still get TrueHD and DTS HD downconverted via digital audio.
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monoprice 2x1, 3x1, or 4x1 switcher. I got the 2x1 push button one for like $15.
screw that, I can already duplicate the same functionality by inputing to my tv and my receiver. I'm trying to simplify my video switching
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i'm still okay with the 2...

only hd dvd and blu-ray require hdmi audio right now, so other things can go straight to the TV or via component...
yeah, as I stated in the post just above this, the whole thing im trying to do is eliminate cable clutter by replacing all my component gear that I can with hdmi and the stuff I can't via an analog to digital converting receiver. I have WAYYY too many cables right now with 4 component video sources and one hdmi source.
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thanks for the heads up on speaker wire DB. i'll be heading to Radio Shack right after work.

and i'm about to head out to frys in a bit to check out any deals on speakers. Ya-Never-Know.
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thanks for the heads up on speaker wire DB. i'll be heading to Radio Shack right after work.

and i'm about to head out to frys in a bit to check out any deals on speakers. Ya-Never-Know.
I bet fry's will have some inexpensive speaker wire...
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