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Will probably only use 5.1 or 5.2.
I suppose my budget will be around $1000??
A little fuzzy as to the benefits of running video through the receiver.
The only reason I am thinking Mac's is looks and cool factor but also think they are good quality. But if something else is obviously better, let me know your opinions.
"A little fuzzy as to the benefits of running video through the receiver."
You only need one connection from the HT processor to the video display for multiple video inputs is the main benefit. However, the down side to this setup is that if you want to optimize the display characteristics for a particular source (gaming, computer use, etc.) - the single connection defeats that ability.
In my system I use only two sources, incoming broadcast video and a BluRay player. I want the screen setup the same for both sources and having the screen set for a single input means I only switch between sources at the HT processor.
If you want to use your display for different types of video uses, then it is better to route each type of video input directly to the screen and optimize the screen setup to the particular type of video being displayed.
Agree regarding Marantz. I use a SR7009. It will do just about everything one would want...media streaming, 3 independent zones, multiple HDMI connections, app controllable, full DSP room audio correction etc.
I verified that video pass through is completely transparent to the source, and it is very convenient to switch video sources from one remote.
The box may not have the visual impact of a McIntosh, but it works to a very high standard, and is readily available.
Dont overlook Marantz. They make some nice affordable units too.
... are a few brands I like. I'm sure the Mac is plenty good also, but no personal experience.
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