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Budget to mid-range AV receiver that converts component to HDMI

DoctorBoudreau 23 14 October 6, 2015 at 02:44 PM
I have a PS3 that functions perfectly well except the HDMI went to crap so I have component cables going to the TV right now (TV only sound).

I got some Monoprice 5.1 speakers on sale and now hunting for a receiver. The PS3 works great for what it is for our family - bluray player and MLB streaming (proxy).

From the specs I THINK a Pioneer VSX-1130 appears to do this. Any others in the $175-$300 range? I realize it might be cheaper to just ditch the PS3, buy a bluray player and be done with it but figured I'd check.




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Any reason you can't continue to run the component video cables to the TV, and send the optical output of the PS3 to whatever receiver you choose, whether or not it includes component video upscaling? I assume that modern receivers (my newest is several years old) still include one or two optical inputs...the only difference is that you'd need to select the input on the TV and the receiver, whenever you switched from PS3 to some other component.

Edit: I just had a look, that Pioneer will allow you to connect the component output of the PS3, but it doesn't appear to upscale, which means it will send 1080i signals to your TV via HDMI, which will then be responsible for the upscaling. Probably not a big deal.

For the record, I haven't been a big fan of Pioneer's HT receivers of the last 10 years or so; they seem to be really cheaping out lately. I'd probably lean towards a Yamaha, Denon or Onkyo first (and yes, I know that Onkyo and Pioneer's home audio division are now the same company, more or less, but the lines are still separate).
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Last edited by swechsler October 6, 2015 at 06:17 PM
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