I am new to this web site and forum. I am looking for advice on purchasing new home theater equipment. This time, I am purchasing separate components.
I bought a Panasonic SC-HT900 HTIB back in Dec. 2004. This past July (2008), it quit working. Cause: burned circuit board. Literally. Apparently the circuit board within the receiver / DVD / CD player over heated and burned even though the receiver / DVD / CD player had plenty of circulation. The one thing I noticed is that there was no venting on the receiver / DVD / CD at all. The entire receiver was encased in metal. The Panasonic authorized repair center said that there was no way to fix this and that they see this often in HTIB's. They chalked it up to poor design and having the receiver do too many things. Nonetheless I was livid at Panasonic. The best they could do is offer me a cheap discount on the junk I already had. Forget it. The repair guy at the authorized Panasonic repair center said I was much better off going the separate component route. All I know is that my parents had a stereo / speakers for like 30 years and it worked great. I want the same.
So, I am in the market for home theater components, beginning with a receiver. For the entire system, I am really not looking to spend more than $1500. This includes: receiver, DVD / CD player, 5.1 speakers (including sub). If I have to get a 7.1 receiver so-be-it; I just won't use the extra 2 channels.
I am looking for a good receiver that's going to last me. I want one that is reliable, full-featured, able to scale (will not be out-dated right out of the box), affordable, and produces good sound. I appreciate music probably more than watching DVD's. Throwing out price right now, what would be a good, quality brand? I have heard so many things about Onkyo. What other receivers are good. The main attribute I am looking for is quality.
Now, taking price into account, I would like to think I can get a very good receiver in the $500 range. Taken that into account, what would be some good options?
Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!! If anyone else has a great home theater within the $1500 range that they LOVE, please let me know. I would love to know your specs.