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Ok, so I'm still running a DVD 5.1 all included sorta setup for my living room. The DVD player all in one is a 5.1 LG 1080i up link dealio. However, the DVD player is starting to have trouble reading a lot of DVDs, and most notably it seems to hate my kid's DVDs. The picture is tearing and blocking like the DVD is scratched, but the discs are perfect... some of them don't even work after taking the cellophane off a brand new movie. So with that being said, I guess its high time to upgrade.

For this next venture, I don't want an all included setup, because when it dies I'm left with nothing, so I'm thinking a basic receiver... something nice but not overkill and a seperate Blu-Ray player.

1. Blu-Ray player... I want one with wifi as running ethernet to this location isn't viable (apartment, can't really drill holes and what not) and I want to stream Netflix right to the player. I'm not sure which brands make quality equipment as far as the players go. I would think Sony, being the grand fathers of the technology, but I've had amazingly bad luck with Sony DVD players for computer builds, so I'm very hesitant to turn to them for that again. I will be playing these Blu-Rays on a 55" Sony DLP Rear Projection TV.

2. As for the receiver... if its able to still use my LG 5.1 speaker setup for the time being, that'd be great. It doesn't need to rattle the whole house, but I'm looking for adequate customization of the channels to get the sound correct for the room. I will eventually be putting together a HTPC for the room as well, so I'd like for it to have all necessary inputs and outputs for that as well. I'll be needing enough connections to run a Blu-Ray, HD Cable Box, and possibly a latest generation video game system through it.

As far as budget is concerned... It seems most Blu-Ray players are in the $100-150 range, so I'm guessing thats where that will fall. For the receiver... trying to keep it as inexpensive as possible. So, I guess whatever you would consider a good entry level bang for the buck receiver.

Thanks in advance, and if you need any other information, please post and ask me questions so I can clarify.

Appreciate it OCN!
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It's hard to recommend an A/V receiver if we don't know how powerful the speakers you want to run are. Which LG speaker system is it.

Anyway, I've had great luck with Denon receivers and amplifiers so have a look at their range.
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Additional Information:

The Home Theater setup is

. It's a 500W setup.



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Powering the LG 5.1 might be difficult. A lot of all in one units don't have dedicated subs. What I mean is that sometimes the sub has the connections and powers all the speakers and use some special connection from the "receiver". Sometimes the "receiver" powers everything, including the sub.

If the speakers have basic cables (2 wires, + and -) you should be able to run them off a receiver. If they have rca connector type things, you can either cut them or buy an adapter, if available.

Brands such as denon, yamaha, marantz, onkyo should be fine. Pioneer makes some featured packed budget receivers as well.

Blu-ray players, I'm not too sure on. I know samsung has some with similar features to what you are looking for and I've seen some LG as well. I kind of don't like anything Sony.
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Powering the LG 5.1 might be difficult. A lot of all in one units don't have dedicated subs. What I mean is that sometimes the sub has the connections and powers all the speakers and use some special connection from the "receiver". Sometimes the "receiver" powers everything, including the sub.

If the speakers have basic cables (2 wires, + and -) you should be able to run them off a receiver. If they have rca connector type things, you can either cut them or buy an adapter, if available.

Brands such as denon, yamaha, marantz, onkyo should be fine. Pioneer makes some featured packed budget receivers as well.

Blu-ray players, I'm not too sure on. I know samsung has some with similar features to what you are looking for and I've seen some LG as well. I kind of don't like anything Sony.
All speakers use a 2 wire setup where you clip in the leads. I can always rewire as needed if it saves me from having to pick up speakers. The subwoofer connects in with 2 leads as well, as it draws power from the amplifier built into the DVD player.

Any additional feedback that could help me on my purchase?
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Ok, so did a bunch of searching around to find specs for the speakers for my current LG setup. Front, Rear, and Center channel all run 70W @ 4 ohms. Subwoofer is 150W at 3 ohms, and it needs to be amplified by the receiver. Doesn't need to be anything crazy fancy. Just needs to offer + and - style hookups, single set. Plan on running a blu-ray player, and possibly the audio out from my TV to it... most of the time the audio will be running normal through the TV though (I don't want to hear 500W of Dora the Explorer, lol).

Budget I'm throwing out there is somewhere in the sub $200 range. Preferably new, but I'll look at sub $150 for a used receiver if you guys strongly recommend it. I've been searching Amazon like crazy but don't really know/understand what I'm looking at.

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Not to early bump, but the DVD player officially kicked the bucket for all movies now... so the pressure is on. So, I'm going to bed in just a few minutes... essentially if I'm unable to find a receiver that will work with my current speakers, I'll be just picking up a LG-BD670 3D blu-ray player. I don't currently have a 3D TV, nor do I really plan on it... but the reviews on it seem so much more solid than the lower number 6XX LG players.

So unless anyone knows of a product that will suit my needs, it'll be LG BD670 Blu-Ray player and retiring the DVD/LG speaker set. Also, does anyone own any of the other 6XX series LG players? Whats your thoughts? It NEEDS to have integrated Wi-Fi, I won't be fussin with no dongle, lol.

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