I am looking for an AVR for about $500 that will handle 4 ohm speakers and that also has pre-outs (in the event I decide I need more power). Refurbished is fine. I'm considering the HK 354 or 3600; and the Onkyo 707. All of these seem to have what I need and I am wondering if there is anything better in this price range. Also, which is better between the Onkyo and the HK. Onkyo has audyssey, but I'm likely going to have a 3.1 set up and am not sure if audessey would make a difference.
One more thing, I do plan on getting a 3d Plasma in the next year and wonder if it is worth it to wait for AVRs with HDMI 1.4 to come out (and drop in price) or just go with HDMI 1.3. The only downside to 1.3 as far as I can tell will be that I will send the signal directly from the source to the tv and the audio to the AVR seperately. The upcoming Onkyo 608 with HDMI 1.4 is the right price but it has no pre-outs and will not drive 4 ohm speakers.