Hi everyone. Looooong time reader here. I joined almost 6 years ago but this is my second post. LOL. I know there are lots of threads like these, but given prices and receiver models change all the time I'm hoping the knowledgeable people here can give me an up-to-date perspective on the best receiver for me!
I'm creating my first home theater... I don't have a huge budget, but there's no way I'd go for a HTIB. So I've separately purchased the Energy Take5 classic speakers, a Panasonic Blu-Ray player, and I'm about to pull the trigger on a 65" Panasonic Plasma (trying to decide whether to get a 2011 or 2012 model).
My question here is about the reciever. I'd like to keep the cost to under $450...and lower is better if there is a good value to be had. I've been doing some research (on here and other sites) and have narrowed it down to the below:
Denon 1713 ($410 - $450)
Pioneer VSK-1022 ($299 at Newegg)
Pioneer Elite VSK-51 ($399)
There are several other models I was also looking at (including an Onkyo) but I can't recall the model numbers as I type this.
I don't plan to do anything over a 5.1 setup. I don't need 8 HDMI inputs - I should be good with 6. Component connectivity is nice, but not a deal-breaker. Other than sound quality, internet connectivity is important although I'm not Apple guy... I've got a laptop with bluetooth and an Android smartphone - both store my music collection. Perhaps an iPad is in my future, but nothing firm right now. I've got wireless running through the house, but I could probably get an ethernet cable down to my home theater room.
Any advice? I was leaning towards the 1713, but it's at the top of my price range. I know I could get a 2011 model and save some cash, but I don't plan to buy anothe receiver for many years so I want to be sure I have the latest features that will still hopefully suffice 5 years from now.
Thanks everyone - happy Monday!