Building a New Media Centre PC, Part 2: AV receiver
So, in the previous article, I mentioned I talked about the PC part of the Media Center (I see the Media Center as more than just the PC, its the whole package). My Current setup has a Yamaha RX-V357 AV receiver and speakers (standard speakers that came with the amp). Now with the Advent of HDMI, and Multiple HDMI sources, I really need to upgrade to something with more bite (and an appetite for HDMI!).
So, not really knowing a lot about Amps and Receivers leaves me in a bit of a pickle. So, I went looking and found this article over at ECustics.com which tells you want to look for in a home cinema receiver. In the article, they talk about everything from inputs to ohms and Codecs. and in the section about Codecs, they drop a name: Onkyo TX-SR606. They mention that this will decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD (master audio) and it has 4 HDMI ports. Since 4 is the magic number (not 3 as they say) for me, this is the Amp for me. and, not only that, its cheap! So, how cheap? Well, Komplett have it currently for EUR500. and, for that price, with 4 HDMI connections and everything else, plus the fact I can get it in Black, I am very wanting this!
Next time, I will start looking at speakers. Leave a comment (they now work) if you have any questions or advice for either my Receiver or the Media Center. always looking for feedback!