Some thoughts on whether the receiver would be best with HDMI upscaling would be good too :)
saanz: I am looking at a Yamaha RX-V436 for $500 with HDMI pass through. After reading reviews it seems to put out decent sound and do everything I want.
I guess speaker cables are the next worry.... Can anyone put it in simply what to look for in speaker cable? I don't particularly want to spend more than the cost of a receiver on 2 meters of copper.