New A/V amp around the £500 mark

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My old a/v amp has given up the ghost.... - so I'm now looking for a new one around £500, my current set up is Panasonic DMP-BD55 blu ray player- Samsung Le40 tv and Jamo 101?? 5.1 speaker package... Any idea's
 
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Oh and how is the best way to connect - forgot to mention Sky HD+ - old amp had multi ch inputs? - Been a while since I've had to replace and am lost!!!!
 

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What speakers do you have? TBH you can't really go wrong with any of the current offerings from Denon, Yamaha or Onkyo for example. I believe the latest Yamahas offer Airplay if that interests you. Prior to that only Denon, Marantz and Pioneer offered Airplay. Onkyo have Spotify as a feature. Obviously study the specs to make sure it has the right number of connections as a lot of the latest kit have trimmed their spdif and analogue inputs in favour of HDMI.
 

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Sky+HD only outputs stereo over HDMI so you need to use optical to get Dolby Digital 5.1. Some of the older boxes (Not the original Thomson boxes) also had digi-coax.
 
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Hi and thanks for replying... I connected my old amp to sky via digital optical and my blu ray player via 6 phono cables as my old amp didnt have hdmi inputs - I had - two hdmi cables going from sky to tv and blu ray to tv with a new amp how would I connect the tv, amp, sky and blu ray together?
 

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All current AV receivers support HD audio via HDMI so the bluray player would just be HDMI to AV receiver via HDMI. With Sky+HD you could either route the video (HDMI) via the AV receiver or route it straight to the TV. If you route both audio (optical / digi-coax) and video (HDMI) via the AV receiver, you would need to visit the AV receiver's input assignment setup menu and assign the digital audio input to the HDMI input so that the audio and video match up and AV receiver takes the audio from optical rather than HDMI which is default. If your TV is Audio Return Channel (ARC) compatible, then all you would need to pass audio from the TV's tuner/interactive services (if applicable) is the HDMI cable and an ARC compatible AV receiver (HDMI version 1.4). Otherwise an optical or analog connection would be required for TV audio.