Originally Posted by purbeast
Well I realize I'm not going to get anything close to 1:1 with actual movie theater sound, but my goal in general as buying home theater equipment, I should say, is to get it as movie theater like as possible, without taking out a second mortgage
Throw enough money at this hobby/pursuit and you too can easily have quality, theater level sound.
Do you have a stated budget? I find the ticket is to state a budget and then triple it. Doing this, one will find they have realistic expectations as to price and quality. With this pursuit of theater like sound quality, at first, one's wallet will be challenged. The reward for playing the game is quality, at home, theater like sound.
Why the AVR4311Ci? Money is best spent on speakers first. One can go with a 7.1 AVR reciver with 7.1 pre-outs and add a five channel Amp after the home theater system is up and running. The 4311Ci will be outdated or obsolete in two or three years but quality speakers will be desirable classics, twenty/thirty years down the road. Just saying.
In my case, our twenty year old Klipsch mains and surround speakers, being played through a Marantz SR5007; delivered, $750.00. The center channel was upgraded this year (delivered, b-stock, $891.00) to a better match to the mains in the form of a b-stock RC-64 II. The SR5007 has a full set of pre-outs and if I feel inclined, at a later time an point, for under a thousand dollars we can add a five channel Amp by Emotiva or Crown. Currently (check it out), 5.1 content is up-channeled to 7.1 or 9.1 output. Start with 5.1, dial the system in and later add more speakers. This after the addition of a quality second sub. Remember, always, it's quality, quality, quality speakers/subs, every time. If you can't afford something, save the money and buy later.
The point, first, after stretching the home budget accordingly, buy the best speakers one can afford. Build your speaker system from the center channel out, Buy with the intent of having two 12" or 15" subwoofers to smooth out the bass in what ever room you set up in and due to ever changing technology, be ready to upgrade your electronics every three to five years.
At the beginning of your OP, you posted this:
My ideal goal is to get my sound to sound as close to a movie theater as possible within the money I'm looking to spend.
My thoughts are in response to this comment only. I've purposely ignored everything else.