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Which receiver? 1080P up-conversion & at least 2 HDMI inputs

Discussion in 'Audio Visual' started by Chris McMahon, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Chris McMahon

    Chris McMahon Taking a break

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    I'm looking for a A/V receiver that has at least 2 HDMI inputs and up-converts (component/S-Video/composite) to 1080P via HDMI, to match my new 1080P TV. HDMI 1.3a incompatible if possible.

    Somewhere around $1k, max $1.5K.

    At the moment all I can find is the Sony STRDG710B at ~$950.
    The Yamaha RX-V1800B fits the bill exactly, but it's out of my budget at ~$1700.
    Onkyo SR-605 is out due to it down-converting 1080i to 720p.


    Suggestions?
     
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    considered the onkyo 605?
     
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    Sorry, typo in the original post.

    The 605 down-converts 1080i to 720p right?
    Which would mean 1080i(source) -> 720p (Onkyo) -> 1080p (display).

    Anyone know if the Onkyo 705 has the same problem?
     
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    Sony STRDA3300ES is a pretty good receiver, wont decode hd audio formats like the onkyo, but its not as ugly and its not as hot, and it has more hdmi... lol. i know ticket price at jb is $1495 so it fits in quite nicely :thumbup:
     
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    I like your chances of getting that Yamaha at 1.5k if the retail price is ~1.7k. :)

    Worth a shot at least, don't you think?
     
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    The 705 uses the same farudija (spelling?) chipset. For 1080 on Onkyo, you'd have to bump up to the 805, which retails for $2500. I'd say go for the yamaha - should have too much trouble getting them down a few hundred.
     
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    Thanks.

    I rang Sony about the STRDG710B and it looks like it doesn't up-convert to 1080P, rather they define "up-convert" as a simple format change and not a resolution change, eg S-Video/composite stays at 576i. :mad:

    So it looks like the STRDA3300ES is the cheapest Sony that actually DOES up-convert to 1080P.
     
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    Thanks. Looks like Onkyo is out then.
    RRP on the Yamaha RX-V1800B is $2k. $1700 is the best I could find locally. I'll keep an eye out for a better deal though. It seems to have everything I want.
     
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    yeah from what i understand
    "up-convert" just puts rubbish signal thru HDMI
    "upscaling" makes the rubbish upto 1080p
     
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    Chances are the TV would do a better job of upscaling than the actual recievers. "Cheap" recieves have rubbish scalers inside.
     
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    Denon Or Yamaha

    good range of AV receivers
    check 'em out
     
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    What 1080i sources would you be switching through it? All I can think of is broadcast HD, which would be tuned in by your tv and not switched through the receiver. HD discs are 1080p and shouldn't be a problem. I could be missing something though....
     
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    i would of said denon too but i think there a little oput of the budget of the op :(

    (from memory the denon 4308 is 2.5g's)

    have a look at dtv they might help you to
     
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    I'll be getting some type of HD-PVR soonish. Probably a Topfield 7000. But my current AV receiver blowing up last night has changed my priorities a bit.
     
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    Firstly, head over to DTVforum...it's really good for AV type questions and much has been discussed regarding the new HD compatible receivers.

    The Onkyos are great receivers, I'm not sure about whether the 805's video chipset downscales to 720p or not, but unless you have a 60" screen and sit 1.5m away you really aren't going to tell the difference.

    I picked up my 805 for $1650 and this was in December so you could go a little lower now. At least go and give them an audition, I dont think you'll find anything at the same pricepoint which sounds as good (yamaha included). There's a reason the Onk weighs 7kgs more than the Yamaha!
     
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    Thanks.

    That's the best price I've seen for a 1800. I'll see if any local guys will match, or come close to it.
     
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    Fair enough. And I see some of the foxtel HD channels will be 1080i too. I might have to start saving for a receiver with that reon chip in it.
     

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