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The Denon AVR-1612 was rated VERY highly by Home Theatre magazine, and they are VERY thorough in their reviews and testing. Amazon has it for $300 now. They found it would drive 5 channels to 80 watts simultaneously with 1% distortion, which is better than most receivers in this price range. It looks like the best value for less than $450 or so.
Check out their review and you will get some good info on it.
A lot of so-called 100 watt per channel receivers won't even give 60 watts per channel with 5 channels driven and 1% distortion. Manufacturers specs are as misleading as they can make them.
I doubt if you are giving up much by using RGB instead of HDMI, but maybe you could try putting Dish on RGB and the player on HDMI and see if that is better for you.
If you can, I would test each speaker listening to them one at a time and listen carefully for any scartchy voice coils or other major defects that will need fixing.
What receiver would go well with these. We mostly use these for casual tv watching in a big living room (25x30 ft with 18ft ceiling), with open kitchen next to it. We watch a movie once a week too. Nothing fancy, just from appletv. My onkyo speakers had an issue with center speaker not sounding loud enough. Ever since I added a Yamaha center speaker, and also plugged the heat vent plug into the back of receiver, past certain volume, my set would turn off. Last night it threw sparks when we were trying to enjoy the New Year music louder than normally. This never happened when I had the old setup (Onkyo center and no vents plugged in the back of receiver).
I also would like to put all HDMI cables into receiver and only one to TV. Currently, the 50in plasma has 2 HDMI plugs and I have to run DVD player with rgb cables to it since appletv and dish network take both HDMI plugs in tv.
I need help. My budget would be several hundred $ for receivers if the speakers are a good deal. I did some research, and these are pretty old model, so not sure of the wear on them. How would I know?[/quote]