Warning: I know little about all this stuff
I have the Denon 1911 right now. It works fine for me other than the volume controls. It doesn't go up or down smoothly. I have to hold down the volume button on the remote (universal or Denon remote) for a full second or so until I hear a difference in volume. By then it usually is a louder or a quieter than I was hoping for. I asked about this in a Denon thread and was told this was common for Denons.
I also really need to have the ability to control my iPhone/iPad playlists through the Denon's Zone 2. The Denon 1911 doesn't have Airplay.
I do have Apple TV, but not sure how that would work as the Denon's zone 2 doesn't work with the Apple TV to my knowledge.
Devices I have:
3D HDTV (HDMI)
3D Blu Ray Player (HDMI)
Direct TV HD PVR (HDMI)
Apple TV 2 (HDMI)
The Denon 1912 now has Airplay, but if the volume issue will be the same as what I have now, I'd rather get something else that will control the volume smoothly.
What receiver should I look to get that is
* In the $400-$500 price range
* Capable of passing through 3D signal
* Has 2 Zones
* Controls volume via a universal remote smoothly
* Has Airplay (for Zone 1 and Zone 2)
Thanks in advance for any help!