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Hey guys, i created a thread yesterday but got no answers, after some reading i answered some questions but still undecided on which A/V to buy, so far my picks are:

, or ; they all seem to offer almost the same features but yamaha model has Silent Cinema (dolby headphone like) which im interested on (i was originally buying Asus STX) but it doesnt upscales video. Any other models you would suggest or whats in your opinion the best model? Ideally i would like to have decent audio for my headphones (using toslink) and start with a 2.1 setup (i dont want to buy a cheap 5.1 speaker system) for movies and add more speakers in the future; my budget is around $600.

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Is this for a home theater/living room? Or for your PC?
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All of 'em, mainly for Home Theater but i will use it with my headphones until i can buy a nice integrated amplifier.
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I'm partial to Denon, but not their lower end as much. That Onkyo is probably your best choice of the 3.
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lots of good stuff about the denon on the web.
    
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Depending on what you really want to do, and if you decide to get into better speakers with high resis.
When i was in the market i looked at denon, HK, Pioneer and Yammy. After researching and knowing that i'll end up upgrading my speakers i went with a unit that has a stronger power supply. Narrowed it down to the denon 890 and harmon kardon 2600 - at the time when new, those were my top$$.

i found the HK to produced a nicer sound esp for higher quality music source.
Remember not everyone hears the same thing, if you can go to a store that allows you to switch between receivers, but maintaining source, room and speakers that is a good test.
Also don't buy into the power rating hype on amps, they are measured differently and are not forced to conform to a standard, example one manfacturer will rate a reciever 7x100w, but they can only hold 100w via one channel powerd, when running 7 it's closer to 23w. If you're really curious you can go to the manufacturers site to see how they do power ratings.

Good luck and have fun... i loved shopping for my HK2600 (but now i would buy the 3600 if i could do it over again, since the price dropped by 400$ )
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My Onkyo rocks def the best amp Ive had, usually run with yamahas glad I made the change. I'd say the Onkyo, but as always a lot boils down to personal preference....
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i forgot to mention when you're interested in a receiver go to avsforum.com and check out the owners thread on the unit. It'll give you a good idea on what enthusiasts have come across.
I know the one thing i hate is the whole hdmi handshake when source is changed...example HDTV going to commercials.

I hope Onkyo resolved the weak psu and heating issues it had, that's why i didn't even consider them.
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Wouldn't get the yam my friend has a similar entry level and it isn't up to much, very light and thin casing...

Don't like the write ups on the Denon ive read (the 6ohm thing in particular) but it does all the formats and has hdmi 1.4

Like the write ups on the Onkyo haven't found a bad word against it yet....again it covers all the formats and Hdmi 1.4......Don't knowwhat warranty that has on but mine was 3 years, it gets hot, they all run hot as far as im aware. But it hasnt put a foot wrong in a year of thrashing it during the day, and TV through it all night...the one youve shown is newer....I think theve sorted out any overheating by now, and some models had problems with the hdmi card, soldering i think.

Id go with the Onkyo so long as it has a decent warranty...cant you try for 7 days and send it back if u think its pants!
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I just got my Onkyo RC260 the other day and my Polk PSW505 came in yesterday to finish my HT aet up. Got these along with some Polk 60's and a CS2. I have the tower speakers wired to be bi-amped. Sounds awesome so far, just need to do some more fine tuning. Watched 2012 and LOTR and it made my house rumble. Everything is so clear and concise. I can hear stuff I wouldnt normally hear with the standard TV speakers. So far I love it and wouldnt hesitate to recommend it.
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