Which Home Theatre Receiver should I get?
October 22, 2013 1:17 PM Subscribe
Help me pick a modern home theatre receiver that can switch video and audio for a pretty big variety of devices.
posted by signsofrain to technology (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been looking into buying myself a new home theatre receiver. My old one is an old Pioneer from before digital surround sound was common. It's got separate audio inputs for each channel as wall as an on-board Dolby/ProLogic decoder. Great little box, but now I want something that supports digital audio (SPDIF Toslink and Coaxial) and switches video too, although I think my needs are a little non-standard.
My display is an Epson projector. Video inputs are:
1x Composite (not component)
In the current set-up I use my computer 95% of the time. I run a cable from the sound card output to the "CD" input on my receiver. (CD - stands for Compu-Durr) and VGA handily displays whatever from the computer, movies, TV, games, emulators. etc.
My setup also includes a number of game consoles, a VHS/DVD player, a BETA cassette deck and an video/audio switching box which I use to switch the audio for the receiver, and the composite and s-video for the projector.
Here's my list of outputs:
3x S-VIDEO + 2CH AUDIO (Retrode game console, PS2, Gamecube)
2x Component Video + 2CH Audio (original XBox, Gamecube) (would like to switch the gamecube from s-video to component)
4x Composite video + 2CH Audio (Sega Saturn, SNES, NES, VHS/DVD)
1x VGA + 2CH AUDIO (Dreamcast VGA Box)
1x VGA + 4CH Audio (Computer)
1x HDMI (PS3)
1x Phono (Turntable)
1x RF Channel 3 (Beta Casette)
So what I want is a way to easily switch between video/audio inputs, have all the audio coming out the speakers hooked to the receiver and all the video piped to the projector (it'd be great if I could leave the projector on HDMI all the time) The VCR/DVD converts the RF from the Beta deck into composite for me but quite honestly it looks terrible. If anyone knows a better way to get RF converted to S-VIDEO or something let me know.
So that's it... I'm dreaming of a receiver I could just hook everything up to and have one remote. Right now configuring my system to play something is tedious, switch the projector to correct video input, switch receiver to correct audio input, switch switch boxes to correct inputs (I have 2 switchboxes daisy chained so when I use inputs 1-4 on box 1 I need to make sure box 2 is set to "1" - It's not that I'm unhappy with the setup but as I said it's a little tedious and I'm the only one who knows the necessary voodoo to get the visuals and the audibles matching :)