Looking to pick up an AVR for a new 7.1 setup. I will have the Panasonic ST50 plasma, Polk TSi CS10 center channel, Polk TSi 100s front right and left, and 4 of the in-ceiling Polk RC60i for the rear surround sides and backs.
I'm leaning towards the Denon 1913 as I would like Airplay, it has Audyssey setup (I'm an AVR newbie and would have no idea how to properly set it up), it seems to produce good quality sound and is pretty reliable. The main downside is the high price at about $580. I'm also considering the Yamaha V-673 and the Onkyo 616.
The Yamaha is similarly priced as the Denon and has similar features but adds some more connectivity (probably don't need it but never know), more zone 2 options (don't really have a zone 2 need and not really sure how I would wire more speakers to my AVR anyway), but replaces the Audyssey setup with their own setup version. The Onkyo 616 has a much lower price, the extra connectivity and zone 2 options like the Yamaha has and also has Audyssey. But it doesn't have Airplay and seems to have some significant reliability issues.
Lastly, this is going to be used predominantly for TV viewing via Fios (through a Tivo), some movies and maybe occasional music sprinkled in every now and then. I have basically no soundproofing in this room and have 3 kids under 11 who are often sleeping while I'm watching TV at night. So I need an AVR that can produce good clear sound even with lower volume levels and also has the ability to control some of the loud sound effects in movies so that an explosion in a movie I'm watching doesn't shake the whole house at 10:00 at night.
Any thoughts given the above? I realize I'm posting in a Denon owners thread so responses may be biased but that's ok. I really don't want to spend much more than the $580 for the 1913 but am willing to spend a little more if it was really worth it.