I know AP has a community of Audiophiles from a previous post displaying a sound system to annoy your neighbours' neighbours.
So, get to the point.
I blew up my AV Reciever. It was a cheap Sherwood, but has served me faithfully for nearly 10 years.
Aparently, I tweaked 1 too many settings on my SB Xfi Titanium Sound Card and then proceeded to play some Psy Trance (at a moderate volume) while I worked in the garage. long story short, sparks flew. I think I've done the power supply. It turns on the LCD, but won't power up the amp and shuts down.
I run a HTPC which I connect via a DVI - HDMI cable Previously, I've done this direct to the TV, but these new amps all pass HDMI.
I know there's some sort of security thingy with HDMI, a Return or something that makes it not recognise that the PC is active when you change channels to it from another device. With my old setup, this was easily fixed by either resetting the PC, or the TV.
I have a TBox and I use XBMC - Both of which have Android powered remote controls, It would be nice If I could do the same with the amp, but not nessessary.
So, the question:
Knowing that I will be using a HTPC and assuming a budget of about $600
What Amp/Reciever should I be looking at?
Any particulap preferences for brand etc?
I'd been looking at a denon