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Old 11-01-2008   #1
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I currently own an older Denon AVR-3300. I'm moving out my old rear projection TV and moving to a projector/screen setup. I'll be adding Blu-Ray and have all the other standard input sources (CD, PVR, DVD). Do I need to invest in a new receiver with HDMI switching, video scaling, new audio standards (TrueHD, DTS-HD)? Will an external video switcher do the same thing? Do the new Blu-Ray players decode the new audio signals before the receiver? Are the scalars in the receivers likely to be any better than in my projector (InFocus IN83)? I enjoy my theater, appreciate good sound and video but am concerned I may not get much bang for my buck with an expensive new receiver. Are there other things I should consider? Help a confused soul! Thanks!
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I currently own an older Denon AVR-3300. I'm moving out my old rear projection TV and moving to a projector/screen setup. I'll be adding Blu-Ray and have all the other standard input sources (CD, PVR, DVD).
Good for you, you are about to discover high quality video and audio

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Do I need to invest in a new receiver with HDMI switching, video scaling, new audio standards (TrueHD, DTS-HD)?
YES

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Will an external video switcher do the same thing?
MAY BE

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Do the new Blu-Ray players decode the new audio signals before the receiver?
It depends Sony BDP-S550 and a few others do


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Are the scalers in the receivers likely to be any better than in my projector (InFocus IN83)?
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I enjoy my theater, appreciate good sound and video but am concerned I may not get much bang for my buck with an expensive new receiver. Are there other things I should consider? Help a confused soul! Thanks!
Yes get yourself a decent receiver like the new Denon 3808ci or Integra DTR.9.9

http://www.usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/AVReceivers.asp

http://www.integrahometheater.com/mo...s=Receiver&p=i
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Default Re: Do I need a new receiver?

If memory serves, the AVR-3300 didn't have a 6 channel external input. So, if you stick with it, you'll be stuck with Dolby Digital only. BUT, you can feed all your video sources directly to the new display and use a good remote with macro's to switch the audio and video for you.
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Yes you do and me too check out EMOTIVA great stuff for the price
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Yes you do and me too check out EMOTIVA great stuff for the price
All their website shows are speakers and amps, no pre-amps or processors.
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Thanks for your thoughts everyone. I've decided I'll take the plunge and pass the old Denon on to my son whose old Yamaha stereo only receiver is showing its age.
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