loomisjohnson

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ARCAM DV137 HOOKUPS
i'd connect your video as you state above. for audio, i would connect both the hdmi to your yamaha and a set of analog cables from the arcam to the analog "cd" input on the yamaha--you would then use the dvd mode on the yamaha for dvds and cd mode... 
Receivers
as has often been stated, an ht receiver's power specs are hugely misleading because there is no established standard for how they're published. since most consumers buy on the basis of claimed power ratings, many manufactuturers claim power ratin... 
Need a Solid State Pre Amp For under $2000
also, adcom makes a very highly rated pre w/remote and balanced and unbalanced ins/outs which operates in both active and passive modes--a couple are currently listed on agon. 
Need a Solid State Pre Amp For under $2000
passive preamps do control the volume--typically they use a manual attenuator knob, tho i've seen some that also have remote volume control.in general, a passive preamp more transparently passes through the sound from the source than an active pre... 
Best HT starter system?
if i had $750 to spend, and planned to switch video directly thru the tv, i'd get on ebay with the view to the following:1. $150-200 or so for an older 5.1 or receiver; i'm partial to integra and marantz;2. $50-100 for a denon dvd-2800 or integra ... 
NAD T763 or B&K AVR 202
i owned the b&k for a long time before selling it on impulse to get a denon avr--big mistake. the b&k sounded fantastic on movies and esp. on music, was bulletproof and had the best learning remote i've ever used. it doesn't have the numer... 
Need a Solid State Pre Amp For under $2000
if you're happy with the sound running directly thru the amp, why not get a passive pre-amp--i see a bunch of xlr units listed on agon. personally, i just bought a luminous audio passive pre (available with balanced ins) for very little dough and ... 
No frills CD player for tube amp
cambridge 840--as neutral as they come. transparent, well built. 
Speaker recommendations
loose:in context, it makes little sense to pay full retail; agon is full of quality speakers at or below your 1k target--if you're not enamored with the mas or epos, look at meadowlark, von schweikert or lower-end totem--all good values. 
anyone attending AK fest from Chicago?
where is it? 
Speaker recommendations
you're right, the martin logans do require breathing room and are fussy about placement, so they may not work in your room. i reiterate my monitor audio recommendation--very punchy, small footprint, good value. i actually much preferred them to so... 
Considering a DAC and need advise
as the other respondents have opined, there's no compelling need to get a separate dac if you're buying a rega planet, which has a superior inboard dac. if you like the idea of more gear (and who doesn't)you might consider getting a cheaper player... 
Speaker recommendations
you can find used martin logan aerius or focal cobalts at that 1k price point; both are open and airy up the yin yang, though not the last work in low-end grunt. the monitor rs8 or rs6 are alos quite exceptional for the price and will produce more... 
which dvd for under 1k
while the oppo that everyone raves about is great for video, at your price range i don't think you can touch denon or arcam universal players for audio. if you don't need blu-ray, you can get great deals on a used denon 5910/3910 or arcam dv-135/1... 
First Plasma/LCD purchase ever - a few questions..
best buy makes the lion share of its profits from warranties and services; consequently they're incentivized to sell you calibration, extended warranties, etc. if it were my money i'd go online to newegg, buydig or that ilk and buy a top brand (sa...