Home Theater Component search - I'm trying to find components with features that I want, which apparently bear little or no relation to what the major resellers and search engines provide.
I've been through the home theater questions here and have been web searching for the past 3 hours. I'm pulling my hair out, because what I think I want is simple.
It comes down to this: I want an A/V receiver and speakers that suck less than the Technics speakers I've used for the past two decades. What I want is a system that allows input from my DVD player (s-video), TiVo (component or s-video), VCR/DVDR in/out, CD in and component or s-video out. It'd be nice to have one front panel or spare back panel input for video game or video camera. I don't need a buttload of power--more than 80W per channel is too much. S-Video and component are a make-or-break. Since I have stock-piled equipment that supports these connections, I'd like to use them.
Yamaha, in a stroke of genius, actually made it easy to see what connections are on the back of the box, so an HTR 5840
has pretty much everything I need/want, except for the speakers.
Home Theater in a Box is OK, except that I'm paying for an additional DVD player, and I have one-thanks-ok-fine. Yamaha's DTX-3100
has the connections I need, but I don't give a crap about XM and the only reason I'd use their DVD player is that I might be able to drop my remote control count by one. As a result, I'm pretty sure those two features are pushing this $150 out of the price range I'd like.
I challenge you: find me 3 or 4 equivalent units (and some less-sucky speakers) and keep it under $700 --or-- find me a search service that lets me search based on i/o ports.