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AV receiver good for music with automatic input detection?


Standard Member
Dear all,

I'm looking to buy an AV receiver. I'll try to give details about my existing config to start with:

  1. 46" Samsung LED TV
  2. Virgin HD box
  3. ZBox mini-computer with HDMI output for Boxee - main source of video
  4. Belkin bluetooth music receiver - main source of casual audio
  5. Optical cable from my ZBox and MacBook Pro - main source of quality audio
So, since there're plenty of audio sources I'm wondering if there's a receiver which can automatically detect which source is active and switch to it? (I'm a complete noob and may be speaking non-sense, I know). Also, I'm looking to fit it into reasonable amount of money, say around £250-300 so will consider second-hand stuff as well.

I'm primarily listening to music and planning to start with 2.0 or 2.1 but in nearest future want to extend it to proper 5.1 for movies, which are rather important as well.

Any ideas? Many thanks!


Well-known Member
The only auto switching feature available is hdmi control and this seems to cause more problems than it solves in the long run.

In the end most go for a remote with activities which automate the switching for you, I use a hamony one, but you could also consider the harmony 650 or 700.


Standard Member
Pity. I had Logitech Harmony, don't remember exact version though – at that time I decided it's too unreliable and causes too many troubles.


Well-known Member
Once they are setup correctly they are really easy to use and I find them reliable.

With one press i can turn on, tv, sky and receiver and select correct input on tv and receiver. Probably overkill if you only have a couple of devices but I now wouldn't be without mine.

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