I always though i knew a "little" something about electronics till I started looking into a home theatre system the past month. I will quickly tell my story, what i need help with. And HOPEFULLY someone will kick my butt in the right direction.
*Disclaimer, i am a simple man with a modest job (budget) and family. Not looking for nothing amazing, just satisfying.
A month ago I was looking into complete home entertainment systems. ALMOST bought a Sony BDV-HZ970W (I have a nice Sony 3d tv as well). In hindsight it's probably all i needed and I could have been done and saved money. It was a complete kit with a blue ray 3d player. What i didn't like about it was the front speakers were only 60W and because they used a pin set up in the back it didn't seem like it would just be able to switch them out or upgrade to easily. Which led me to my next part of the journey.
I decided to piece the system together maybe a little at a time, but a sysytem i would hopefully enjoy more and last longer. So I started with speakers, I eventually ordered some Sony SSF-7000 speakers. 200W max, nice floor speakers like I was after. So this brings me to where I currently am STUCK at. The receiver/amp
I initally though this wouldn't be hard. I have started tearing my hair out. I thought considering that the home entertainment system was 1000 watt set up and alot of them provided 160w per channel i'd find something similar. Well most of the receivers i look at provide less wattage and cost more money. I only wanted to pay about 150, but now about to spend 300. I know thats nothing, but its what i got. Trying to keep it Sony (might as well match at this point) I'm looking at all the STR receivers and they all pretty much seem the same. I am about to purchase the STR-DN1020. It provides 110W at each channel. Can get it for just under 300. Says it's 3d blue ray rdy. Does that mean I can hook up a regular blue ray player and watch it 3d on my 3d tv, or do i still need a 3d blue ray player?
To finish the point im at now is all the Sony STR's pretty much seem the same to me. They range from 200-300$. The STRDN1020 was 500 new and now 300, seems the same as last years model STR-DN2010 that was 800 and now 250$. The STRDN802 is only 160 and says "3d" sound for 160 the 720 is only 200. ALL THESE SEEM PRETTY MUCH THE SAME! Which one should I get. and if i get the STRHD1020 3d which is the most excpensive why is it worth the price difference?!?!
Someone who undersdtands this stuff PLEASE take the time to read this and help me pick out one that will fit my need and explain the difference between all these models that pretty much all say 3d sound and punp out 100-110 watts a speaker. And why does the DN1020 model say 3d blue ray ready. I can't hook up a 3d blue ray to the others? I just don't understand and would like to before I pay an extra 100 for nothing.