Yep.. thats a good one. Considering the target was "under" $500 and looking for a 5.1... I was actually thinking of the Denon AVR-391 (but it may be too low end). As another member already pointed out, a 7.1 system will deliver 5.1 with no problem. So... if a 7.1 system was acceptable, I'd strongly consider the Denon 1911 for the best sounding receiver in the sub $500 range. If connectivity and and flexibility was important and you were willing to sacrifice just a tiny bit on sound then I'd suggest the Yamaha RX-V667.
Thanks for the advice but here in Canada the 891 is 300$ more expensive than the 1612 (699$ vs 399$)... So I think I'll go with th 1612. If somebody has something to say against it, may he speak now..., because im leaving in 1 hour to buy it!!