Finally, some straight up help without all the sidebar stuff. While looking around, I happened to find an Onkyo TX-NR414 for under $250. I will also look at the 515. Arny, thanks for giving your thoughts on the brands being considered. After reading some very good as well as very poor reviews on the HK, I will definitely be leaning toward the others. As for the Heresy's, when I first bought them, way back in the 80's, I really wasn't too concerned with accuracy and more about volume, and they do get loud for a small speaker. I used my M&K 125 mkII sub with them and they did well for the intended use. I never could bring myself to sell them so they still are around. Wish I was more technically literate and understood the graphs. Oh well. After all the input of pertinent information, I can really see why going with a multi-channel receiver would benefit over just a 2-channel.
Just looked at the Onkyo TX-NR414 at Newegg listed at $239. Then see they are offering, for a limited time, another $39 discount! I am in CA so have to pay sales tax but with free shipping, OTD would be $215!!! And Newegg is an authorized Onkyo dealer. The 515 is a 7.2 vs the 414 5.1. Considering I was looking at 2 channel before, the 414 would probably be just the ticket for my application.
Why buy the 2-channel when I can get the same power plus more goodies for just $215!
Would you say this is probably a no-brainer decision? I think so.....................
Well, maybe not. Reading through reviews at Newegg and there are a number of people that have had problems with the 414. Discount is through tomorrow so I have time to decide. More reading I suppose.