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Cheap 5.1 receiver with HDMI input


#1 Viperx116   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   301 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:22 AM

Needs at least 2 HDMI inputs. Can be used or refurbished.

#2 Danil ACE   Agent 47 CAGiversary!   1156 Posts   Joined 11.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:13 AM

This is an incredibly vague request. Obviously, go for used to get the most value. Onkyo makes some very good receivers. Look at craigslist, ebay, etc.


#3 ToastedSoul   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   2 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:14 AM

check some reviews first:
http://www.productwi...ge_msrp-hi_540/

Onkyo AVRs get good reviews, but they can get very hot. So I took a look at some Yamahas. I ended up with a Denon, but that was a little pricier (AVR-1910), but is great.

Also, check out some amazon.com reviews

#4 vx2   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   254 Posts   Joined 9.0 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 10:20 AM

if you want cheap go Sony.

#5 rmb   old enough to be your dad CAGiversary!   2601 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:09 AM

Cheap is in the eye of the beholder, define it!

#6 scp89   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   536 Posts   Joined 13.1 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 11:42 AM

I just bought a Harman/Kardon off of their ebay store for 280 shipped...AVR-254 has everything u need...I'm happy.

#7 Viperx116   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   301 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:46 PM

Cheap is in the eye of the beholder, define it!


Cheap as in price, <$200 would be nice. I don't really care much about sound quality. The only things I'll ever probably connect to it is my TV and PS3. The one must feature is to be able to change different volume levels on the speakers (all receivers have this feature right?). Sorry, I'm a noob at this audio stuff.

#8 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49860 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:56 PM

Uh, dumb question.

Do you have speakers for this receiver, or is this receiver going to need speakers?

And if you're looking for a receiver that has HDMI inputs at less than $200, you're looking for something used or a cheap deal on eBay. No receiver worth a damn is at that price point that does HDMI.

#9 Viperx116   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   301 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:57 PM

Uh, dumb question.

Do you have speakers for this receiver, or is this receiver going to need speakers?


No speakers yet. I'll just pick up whatever on craigslist.

#10 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49860 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

Try this:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001VEI2NG/

Onkyo HT-S3200. Receiver w/3 HDMI inputs and includes a set of 5.1 speakers. I'd get some better speaker wire from Monoprice, of course, though this should work as a starting point.

$329.00 for the whole thing, shipped.

#11 klwillis45   Tararrel CAGiversary!   2569 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:21 PM

Beware that Onkyo is one of their half-assed HDMI recievers.

Video will pass-thru but you still need to run a seperate audio connection for each.
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#12 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49860 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:27 PM

OP's looking for a specific price point, that hits her price point.

You'd have to run optical cables from the cable box/satellite dish and the PS3 to the receiver, which isn't a huge deal.

A better option would be some additional money to start out with just a better receiver, like a Onkyo 507 or 607 and just go with 2.1 speakers for now and work into 5.1 speakers down the road.

#13 klwillis45   Tararrel CAGiversary!   2569 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:40 PM

Right, but it still needed to be pointed out since it's a little sneaky & kind of defeats the 1 wire purpose of HDMI.

Totally agree with your start small suggestion. It's better to do that or up your budget than flush money away on a crappy reciever.
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#14 Viperx116   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   301 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 08:40 PM

It's for my bedroom so I don' really want to splurge on it. I'll buy a totally new set when I get my own house, which is a really long time from now to never. I think I'll go for a 3.1 setup for now. Thanks for the suggestions and I'll go through the reviews Toasted linked.

#15 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   49860 Posts   Joined 13.4 Years Ago  

Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:22 PM

It's for my bedroom so I don' really want to splurge on it. I'll buy a totally new set when I get my own house, which is a really long time from now to never. I think I'll go for a 3.1 setup for now. Thanks for the suggestions and I'll go through the reviews Toasted linked.

Unless you really need a 5.1 setup for your bedroom, a 3.1 setup is more than sufficient.

Checking out AVSForum.com might also be a good idea, though the amount of information that you can find there can be more than a little overwhelming sometimes.

#16 klwillis45   Tararrel CAGiversary!   2569 Posts   Joined 12.8 Years Ago  

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:29 PM

This works really well for your purposes.
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#17 rmb   old enough to be your dad CAGiversary!   2601 Posts   Joined 10.7 Years Ago  

Posted 19 January 2010 - 04:23 PM

I'd say just keep an eye on ebay and craigslist at that price. Otherwise an onkyo htib solution is the best available option.

#18 Quamie   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   1 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

Posted 21 January 2010 - 06:07 PM

I just bought a Harman Kardon Avr-247 (2 hdmi in/1 out, audio via hdmi) off of ebay for $185 (came to 220 with tax+shipping), refurbished and sold by the manufacturer(so it comes with 1yr warranty). So far I'm very happy with it, only had it a few days:) HK has auctions on ebay constantly for various refurbished receivers.

Do keep in mind when looking for a receiver that many of the ones you'll find in the $200 range with hdmi ports do not decode audio signals over hdmi and simply "pass-through" the signal, IE. the ports are just a convenient hdmi switch and you'll have to connect a seperate audio cable for sound. So make sure the receiver you get has the hdmi functionality you want. :D

Edited by Quamie, 21 January 2010 - 06:19 PM.


#19 Viperx116   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   301 Posts   Joined 12.5 Years Ago  

Posted 21 January 2010 - 11:48 PM

I just bought a Harman Kardon Avr-247 (2 hdmi in/1 out, audio via hdmi) off of ebay for $185 (came to 220 with tax+shipping), refurbished and sold by the manufacturer(so it comes with 1yr warranty). So far I'm very happy with it, only had it a few days:) HK has auctions on ebay constantly for various refurbished receivers.

Do keep in mind when looking for a receiver that many of the ones you'll find in the $200 range with hdmi ports do not decode audio signals over hdmi and simply "pass-through" the signal, IE. the ports are just a convenient hdmi switch and you'll have to connect a seperate audio cable for sound. So make sure the receiver you get has the hdmi functionality you want. :D


It's really hard to find info on that. The only way I know if it's pass-through is through the reviews. So far I managed to find two at ~$200:

Sony STR DG810
Pioneer VSX-519V-K