I'm sure you guys get these posts often, but seeing as this will be the foundation of my first surround sound system, I would like some advice from knowledgeable members. After searching around on amazon and existing threads, I am considering the Denon 1611. I was also looking at the Sony STRDH820, as it was very popular on amazon, has an extra sub channel, and is cheaper, but searching through this forum, I have not seen much love for sony receivers. Why are sony's not popular here? (I don't necessarily support sony, I'm just curious why they are rated well on amazon and not here)
Basically, I would like some suggestions/advice for getting my first receiver on a budget of around $300. Thanks in advance for all help.