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#124436 - 01/16/06 07:09 PM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Registered: 01/16/06
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Loc: British Columbia, Canada
hey jack

a newbie question:

if i go with your last option, will my 5.1 system still work while i watch hdtv or analog tv?? if it can, then i'll probably go with that route.


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#124437 - 01/16/06 07:50 PM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Absolutely. Your cable/sat box will have a digital audio output AND an analog stereo output. You just run a digital audio connection from your cable/sat box to your receiver, and you'll get Dolby Digital 5.1, if the channel is sending it. If the channel is only feeding a stereo signal, you can turn into 5.1 with Dolby Pro Logic II, or even 7.1 if your receiver has Dolby Pro Logic IIx. Almost all new receiver's have both now.

You can then run a standard stereo audio hookup from the cable/sat box to your TV so you can listen to the TV without turning on your sound system, if you chose.
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#124438 - 01/16/06 08:03 PM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
blackorp Offline
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thanks for all the help.
i am probably going to get the denon 3805 rather than the more expensive ones.

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#124439 - 01/16/06 08:12 PM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Registered: 06/22/03
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If you are going with the Denon 3805, good choice BTW, you should still be close to your budget if you get an EP 500 from factory outlet. Ask Jack what he thinks of the different brands, he is one of few I know of that has had a Rocket, Hsu and an Axiom sub.
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#124440 - 01/16/06 10:18 PM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Blackie, welcome. If you get a receiver without HDMI switching(without repeating all the details, I agree with the points made by Jack and others that it isn't essential)you should consider saving even more on the receiver by going with the Denon 2106 rather than the 3805. This is available for a little over $500 and includes the essential microphone for auto setup, which is about $50 extra with the 3805. This would leave more room in your budget if you want to go with the excellent EP500.
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#124441 - 01/16/06 10:30 PM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Blacky, you might also want to look into going B-stock on your Denon 3805. $680 US at Dakmart.
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#124442 - 01/17/06 01:19 AM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
blackorp Offline
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oh my god. I got two nicknames already. How cool is that. lol

1. Hey Johnk, is the 2106 enough to power the epic 60-500 component???

2. What if i decide to add two more speakers in another room room (for music only). what sort of speakers do i need?? two front speakers???

3. Can i utilize both sets of speakers in the two different room at the same time???

4. Now a day, when listening to simply music, do you use only two speakers or all 5.1 speakers?? I am totally new to ht theater and what it can do.

thanks
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#124443 - 01/17/06 01:39 AM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Registered: 02/08/04
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your question is the 500 worth 1000$. a simple word. YES...



the reason, getting a 500 will make your HT as close to if not better than a movie theater…

I have a epic 60, 600 basicly…

And a nad processor, with a marantz amp.. any I would say my HT set up makes most movie theaters sound like crap.. at this point I would almost rather watch a movie in my room, than go to the movie theater..


So.. spend the extra money, you will be happy you did, the 500 will have a presence that I would bet no other sub has, sense the 500/600 are getting such astounding reviews from everyone that reviews them..

Another thing, are you planning on buying a new TV, or reciever next year?

If not, then what would you care what things are “going to” you should be more worried about what you currently have. I have component cables, to my projector, and you get a good set of component cables, and the picture is wonderful, I can't see how much better the picture would be with HDMI cables.. possibly but at that point you’re A/D converter is the weak link.. analog->digital converter.. it seems like you REALLY want HDMI so I would say go ahead..


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#124444 - 01/17/06 02:39 AM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Registered: 01/07/06
Posts: 13
Loc: Near Cincinnati, OH
Sounds like they have all recommended the Denon's here and they know more than me, but I will tell you that I just bought a Yamaha Rx-V2500 (old model) for $590 shipped to the door. Great receiver, no problems and brand new. I got it on Ebay from a company with an actual real shop in NY. They are an aouthorized Yamaha dealer which seems to be a big problem with a lot of the Yamaha being sold because Yamaha will not honor the 2 year warranty unless you have a receipt from an authorized dealer. Be carefull if you go this route because there is a large "grey" market on Yamaha. I will vouch for "Canal Hi-Fi" though. Save yourself $400 and get that big sub!

Yamaha RX-V2500 Ebay


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#124445 - 01/17/06 03:00 AM Re: urgent: need help deciding a receiver by tomor
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Scott, I think that since he was clearly leaning toward Denon, the replies focussed on that; at least that was my reason. Certainly the Yamaha 2500 is a fine buy.
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