I’m nuts about home theater, it’s true. But that’s because I’m something of an audiophile as well as a videophile, natch. I think it’s great that we can have near-cinema-style experiences in our own homes without it costing nearly half as much as it did just a few short years ago.
The centerpiece of any good home entertainment system isn’t the HDTV, it’s the receiver. This is the unit that routes the video from your sources to the HDTV and the 5.1 Surround Sound system. It’s truly the brain of the whole thing.
What a lot of people don’t know is that they don’t have to cost a fortune. Rovert Silva over on About has a great review of Onkyo’s TX-SR304 unit. With three separate component inputs, it’s built for HD, and with 7 different digital audio profiles built-in, you can customize it to sound best in your home. And the things only around $200. If you’re getting started with HD, this is the type of unit you should be looking at.