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12-09-2005, 01:17 PM
I'm in the market for a new receiver. My old receiver (Yamaha HTR 5460), is starting to give me a bit of trouble. Regardless, someone was telling me that I needed more of a high end receiver to handle HDTV format (bought a Mitsubishi DLP HDTV last year). I've mainly looked at Yamaha and Marantz so far, but I am open to any manufacturer.

What I am confused about is what I should be looking for in a receiver to determine if it can convert HD signals (hopefully I'm explaining this correctly....not up with all of the technology and terminology)? I've seen "video up/down conversion", "simple video conversion", "HDCD decoder". I don't have a clue as to what this all means or what I need to get the most out of a HDTV. Bottom line, I want a solid receiver to watch movies, HDTV and listen to music. The catch, I really can't afford to spend more than $500 at this time.

The Marantz SR4600 is in my price range, but I'm not sure if it has what I need. The Yamaha HTR 5860 is also in my price range, but again I'm not sure if it has what I need. Finally, the Yamaha HTR 5890 is out of my range, but could save for it, but not sure if I would be buying more than what I need. I guess my question is what specs should I be looking for when shopping considering my HDTV? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

12-09-2005, 01:24 PM
Hi Welcome to AR.

Here is Yamaha's website. Take a look at a few receivers and see what has what you are looking for. Most of the newer models have the 720p upconverting. But not all have the HDMI port(s).

Marantz makes good receivers also, but I don't know one model from the other.

Happy hunting.

12-09-2005, 01:37 PM
AVR's that support HDMI start at about the $1100 mark and go up from there. I personally would wait until I saved enough to get exactly what I wanted out of a receiver, rather than drop $500 on one and wish you hadn't a year later. Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer and Onkyo have AVR's that support HDMI. If you have or plan on getting any gear(TV,DVD Player, PS3,) that support HDMI, than I think that's the way to go.

I don't know how long it would take for you to get up to about that $1100 mark, but you could use that extra time to research some products and check em out.

Have fun shopping.