Originally Posted by jnickrand
Why so much for a receiver, that seems disproportionate for the rest of your system.
Bingo! I was just going to say that.
You can still pick up the Onkyo 805 from amazon.com for just over $600. The newer Onkyo's stink in comparison to last years models, plus last years models were better than the Denon 3808 in my opinion (less features but better SQ and better dacs (Burr Brow)).
Put most of the budget toward the speakers.
Originally Posted by ddseddse
To be honest, don't know. I'm kinda new at this. I think it was just feature creep as I started researching. Given my budget, where would the money be better spent? Or maybe better to save it?
See my above comments. To recap, spend the most money on the speakers. Nothing else will change/effect the sound quality more than the speakers (well, expect the room acoustics, but that's an entirely different topic
I'd get that Onkyo I mentioned before it's too late. It's quite an amazing receiver for the price and should be plenty for what you need.
Your subwoofer budget is pretty darn solid, and the MFW-15 is a great choice. I'd stick with that. However, if you want a more muscial, sealed subwoofer, look into the Rythmik 15" DIY package. You'll have to assemble it, but it's child's play. You can also pay them a little extra to send it pre-assembled. Personally, I think the Rythmik will outperform the MFW-15.
In the end, the only thing that matters is what your ears tell you to buy. We're here to give suggestions and share our experiences, but don't take our opinions as fact. Like I said, all that matters is that you like the sound.