Thank You for the explanation and trust me I have read until my eyes burn for around a week about all of these. I'm learning, but Receivers are unbelievably complicated.
So, with the Budget SR508 and 920-K, I could save a lot. However, I think there is too much sacrificed here. Do you agree? I mean, they both seem like great receivers, but they are missing so much that the 608 and 1020 have to offer.
Stepping up to the next rung on the price range of $350-$400, it opens up a whole new territory.
(Please let me know if I left any out of this list. Marantz and Harman Kardon's units that are comparable to these are far more expensive and I don't know of any other Brands that compete.)
The Top 4 Options that have appealed to me (and are regularly compared to one another) are:
Did I leave any out that I should also consider? I would really like to stick with current models instead of older, outdated predecessors that have been replaced. The main reason is as technology advances, so do the products that will be connected to the receiver. The options that these 4 possess are already extremely handy and will become even moreso as time progresses.
I know you are big on Denon, but do you know much about the other 3 options listed?
From what I can tell, each has their strengths and weaknesses.
The Denon seems to be balanced and overall great quality. However, it looks to be the more "primitive" of these options. It's major strengths seem to be the Audyssey Multi-EQ and Video Processing.
The Pioneer is probably the most feature-rich of these four with all of the cool little bells and whistles imaginable for the price range. The MCACC seems to be hit or miss with most who own it. Some love it while others prefer Audyssey. Overall, it seems to be a great receiver but their is always mention of lack of power with them.
The Onkyo is impressive to me in most regards. It is a 7.2 receiver which allows for an additional sub in the future if I choose to purchase one and seems to have the most available power for the system. It has a great set of features, but seems to have some bugs in its video processing. I have read about this on several different sites.
The Yahama I am still clueless about. I haven't read much on it, but Yamaha's receivers are normally well revered so I am going to look into it some more.
Does that sound somewhat correct or am I mistaken in those conclusions?
I hate to bother you even more, but if you can just do a simple pros and cons breakdown of each choice, it would definitely help me a lot. lol
It's just so difficult to make a choice without having experience in this field. Each unit has probably 50+ specs to consider and with each choice, you will most likely be sacrificing something in order to gain something else. I have such a headache.
So, assuming the Budget options are ill-advised, what is my ABSOLUTE BEST choice in the $300-$350 Range (which all 4 of the other options fall into)?