- Mar 2, 2004
On the Christmas list this year (for myself) is a home theater upgrade and a new gun. Already have the gun picked out, starting to look at A/V receivers but I haven't used any of the major brands (that exist now) before. Seems Denon, Onkyo, Yahama, Pioneer, Harmon Kardon are the brands I'm seeing most often. I don't need anything extravagant, I really don't intend on ever using more than 5.1 channels, but a 7-channel would future-proof the system some. Other desired features are decent power output (100w/channel stereo, a bit less in surround mode is okay) and plenty of A/V inputs, which they probably all have. Price range is sub-$400. My current receiver is a Kenwood 5-channel from back when Dolby Digital was first introduced into consumer stuff. It has no HDMI inputs, so I'm forced to use TOSlink optical cables for digital signals of which there aren't enough inputs- so I'm forced to swap cables manually which is incredibly frustrating! What does the x.2 channel refer to? I'm most familar with 5.1/7.1 setups in .1 decimal refers to a discreet subwoofer channel. What is .2 referring to? Also, the network-ready / wi-fi receivers, what exactly are the benefits? Streaming apps and such I assume, but curious what other benefits this offers. Most features and quality is what I'm looking for, I don't typically upgrade but every 10-15 years. Anyone know of any good Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals?