I want to replace my Denon AVR-2802. Obviously one of the main reasons is that my old Denon receiver has no HDMI ports. This was not an issue until moving into our new home and purchasing our first HDTV, a Panasonic TC-P54G25. I have wires everywhere and will eventually be adding more stuff, so I really want to clear up the clutter and HDMI will make this much easier.
We watch Netflix streaming. As many of you know, sometimes the video quality is pretty poor. Upscaling will be important to me. I also want to upscale all the DIRECTV channels that are not in high-def. I am looking forward to this feature and it is probably the most important of all the features. I would like to stream video from a computer, but I don't think any receiver does this, but I am pretty sure I can get an Apple TV for $100 and stream from VUZE on my iMac. I also want something to adequately power our 5 Ascend Sierra-1's. I am sure either of these will work well.
I've heard a little about the 3310's having network issues and don't know if that applies to the 4310's. It appears the issue was for the most part fixed with the 3311's. I will be doing networking. As I read what I am writing, I am thinking that networking is less important as I plan to add some sort of media center to my TV, like a mac mini and that will do the networking and then connect to the receiver.
I was sure I was going to purchase the 3311ci after finding a coupon code that gives $400 off the price, but today I saw the 4310 for $1099 from $1999. Now I am leaning towards that one. It is older, but it is a higher end model. What are the main differences and what would you choose or would you go with another brand all together.
The main thing I want is HDMI, upscaling, video, and sound.
Thank in advance for any help.