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Old 09-20-2009, 12:30 AM   #1
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Looking to get a new HT system (looking at the engergy take 5 system) and need to get a good receiver to complement these speakers...please help a noob out

Also looking at getting an open boxed/display blu-ray player so i am going to guess it will be able to decode new HD audio forms. Thanks again for your recommendations.
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:39 AM   #2
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Budget?
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Blu-ray~Sony BDP-S1000ES, Toshiba HD-A35
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Old 09-20-2009, 12:56 AM   #3
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Cheap cheap cheap ...under 350 and only connecting blu Ray and HD cable box
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:11 AM   #4
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Onkyo 606 or Denon 1610 if you want the receiver to do the decoding. These can be found for for around $350. If you want to save some buck the Denon 1609 is also great but it does not decode the HD audio so you would need the Blu-ray player to do that.

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Check your local Sears for a Blu-ray player. I just bought a Sony bdp-s550 today for $130.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:51 AM   #5
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Denon AVR590 or Onkyo 507. Both are around $300-$350 and decode all of the HD codecs. I have the Denon and it's a dream.
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This new Sony DN1000 is right in your price range, I use the same one from last year and it works great with my Energys speakers. Easy to use and set up, decodes all the audio, plenty of HDMI hook ups.
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:57 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the info but Marshall law is limiting the budget hardcore. 450 total for reciever, speakers, and blu-Ray. Also will not be able to upgrade or add for awhile. Is the Sony hts360 and Sony 360 for 400 and good?
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Thanks for all the info but Marshall law is limiting the budget hardcore. 450 total for reciever, speakers, and blu-Ray. Also will not be able to upgrade or add for awhile. Is the Sony hts360 and Sony 360 for 400 and good?
I have a "fat" PS3 and a HT-SS2300 (the HT-SS360's predecessor); it's perfect for my apartment. If you can find the 360/360 combo for $450 (or $430 plus <$20 for a couple of HDMI cables from Monoprice), you'll have HD audio (and BD-Live) within your budget.

The biggest constraint is that you won't be able to use the HTIB's low-ohm speakers if you replace the receiver with a standard AVR; but since you don't plan on upgrading for awhile, that might not be a problem for you. Also remember to configure the BDP-S360 to decode TrueHD & DTS-HD MA to LPCM, as the HT-SS360 won't decode those; but LPCM 5.1 is still HD audio. (Edit: That's the only way "fat" PS3s can do HD audio.)

I'm not sure if the BDP-S360 is as good a BD player overall as the PS3, but it should still do what you want; it visually matches the HT-SS360 as well.

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Old 09-20-2009, 08:59 PM   #9
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If you want to save some buck the Denon 1609 is also great but it does not decode the HD audio so you would need the Blu-ray player to do that.
The 1609 has "passthrough" HDMI ports, so it will *NOT* handle HD audio unless the BD player has 6- or 8-channel analog outputs. (Further edit: Or unless you get the Atlona or Ambery boxes described in the "Audio and the PS3" thread.)

If the receiver doesn't have TrueHD or DTS-HD MA decoders (used only with HDMI audio), be sure and check the setup guide to see if additional audio connections are required with the HDMI inputs. If so, then that receiver *cannot* receive HD audio, except via multichannel analog (if at all).

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