I suggest that you consider the Onkyo 709 receiver, which has all the features you need and should be in your price range ($539), or the Denon 2311CI, which costs about the same and has Audessy MultiEQ.
But FIRST, you should consider picking up a Klipsch RC-42 center speaker, which Amazon has for $249. That will add a great deal of midrange output and should make a big difference. No matter which route you go, you need the center speaker to get the midrange balance you want.
You have pretty large front speakers, and the subwoofer should be set to operate only below 40 Hz; if it is set to operate any higher than that the boominess is probably because the subwoofer and front speakers are overlapping too much; that will definitely cause boominess. You also should be aware that your main speakers have super-high sensitivity, and the output level control on the subwoofer needs to be set very low to get the proper balance.
You subwoofer should only be operating at the frequencies that your main speakers CAN NOT put out! It should not be conflicting with them, which may be what is happening.
Use your front speakers to their fullest, and only use the subwoofer where they do not go. That will give you the best overall sound.
Adding the center speaker and getting the subwoofer set up for optimum operation will make a lot of difference.
Originally Posted by petriebird
I need to get a new reciever to get the most out of my klipsch VF-36 speakers and 12" klipsch sub.
They have excellent highs and great bass but when compared to my friends reference klipsch they completely fail on mids. After a few posts I have found out that some kind of EQ is my best bet, apparently the new EQ's listen to your speakers and adjust accordingly with the EQ.
Also my friend says it's because my old pro-logic amp is underpowered which it is.
What are some recievers you would suggest? I prefer Denon but would consider anything under $500
LG 42" tv (w/ optical digital out)
LG blu-ray (no optical digital out)
Klipsch Icon VF-36 towers
Klipsch 12" sub (very old and bass heavy)
xbox 360 slim
yamaha 5-disc CD player with optical digital out
no center but I want to go 5.1 (I have old box system yamaha speakers for rears to get me by)
Any features I should take into consideration?
Is optical digital out something I should take into consideration? Everything but my blu-ray has it and I can replace that down the road if needed. (TV xbox and CD player has it)