Need a new receiver for my Media Room that is under construction.
I have an old Kenwood, but its dated and one of the speaker channels is toast.
The room is 17' x 20', so I definately need decent power.
Multi zone so I can set up speakers outside on the patio.
Something that is "pretty" to look at (got to keep the wife happy).
Needs to be durable. Since I like to have ALL the electronics run through the receiver, its always going to be on. To take care of the heat, I will be installing cooling fans in the cabinet.
Yamaha, Onkyo, Denon? I notice these brands on here alot. Is it the price? Quality? I was leaning towards Harmon Kardon, but bottom line I want something good.
Top price would be around $800 hopefully. That will leave me about $1200 for the speaker package (which I still have to figure that out too).