So, back last summer, I purchased my first AVR - a Yamaha RX-A800. At the time my decision was based largely on price (I got a fantastic deal), although I did pay some attention to features, such as pre-outs, etc.
However, I am now have buyer's remorse. I like the 800, but I feel that I didn't future-proof myself very well with features - like no phono input for my TT
(I know I can purchase a phono preamp, but that's another "box" to clutter up my cabinet - I'd rather upgrade to a better "prettier" AVR)
So, I am back in the hunt for something else. My preference (for future-proofing) is a 9.2 (of which I will currently be using 7.1 - I wired in-wall for much more), and it has to be 3D capable.
My plan is to wait and watch for a good deal on something. As I am in Atlantic Canada, with only one local box store, and 1 higher end shop (selling Anthem and some Yamaha models), my local options are limited, so I'll be watching on-line. Also, ordering from some of the US sites can be problematic with delivery, Cdn credit cards, etc., but let's ignore these things for the moment.
I can probably justify something up to about $1,500 (so many of the models I'll mention would need to be on sale/clearance), but I'm kind of looking for ideas.
I've done some research on the higher end Yamaha Aventage models - 2000, 3000, 2010, 3010 - of these, I would kind of lean to maybe either the 3000 or the 2010 based on price/feature set (I would certainly go all the way to the 3010 if the price was right), but I'm not necessarily married to this brand.
Also saw today a Pio Elite SC-55 at a Canadian online dealer on sale within my budget.
Onkyo and Denon seem to be readily available online - I know nothing about their models which would be comparable to the Yammie's I've mentioned.
Again, my current goal is to "tag" certain models so that I can watch for the deal(s) over the next few months.