I see that I could get something like a new Denon 1712 in that budget. Which has MultEQ XT, bunch of hdmi ports, and what looks like decent amp and other components. But really not much else.
Or I could get on EBay and look at things like the denon 2809, 3808, Onkyo 805, or others which also have MultEQ XT, but also have preamp outputs if needed, stronger amp section,... Those can also be found for under 300.
From what I have been reading it sounds like going with a quality receiver with MultEQ XT should get me the best sound.
But then how would that compare to something like a marantz SR7001?
Sound quality is the main thing I am looking for.
Right now it's looking like the denon 2809 or onkyo 805 might be the way to go if I can find a good price?