I currently have an old JVC receiver that's not even worth listing the name/specs of. Suffice it to say I don't have any HDMI on the beast. It's served me well for a while, but I've run out of connection options and functionality. Sound quality is also less than desired. I'm looking into around a $600 price point for a new receiver.
Key features I would like are great sound quality, multiple HDMI inputs, decent ease-of-use with potential for expansion with a universal remote, and best future proofing. AirPlay is also an option, as we not have an iPad. I'm comparing the Denon AVR-2312 and Pioneer Elite VSX-60. I've never owned a Denon product, though I've also thought them to be a more-premium offering. In general, I've been really pleased with the Pioneer products I own, particularly the stunning Kuro plasma I bought, as well as a great 10" compact flat subwoofer in one of my vehicles.
In this case, I'm sure both are very capable receivers, but I'd like to know from actual owners what they like best (and worst) about those models. For example, I've seen that the Denon 3312 [up one model from the 2312] with dual-HDMI outputs has some audio compatibility/adjustability issues (can't delineate different audio sources for each output) which frustrates users.
Specs of my display, peripherals I'd be hooking up:
- Pioneer Plasma PDP-5080HD
- XBox 360 w/HD-DVD attachment
- Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S300 (will likely upgrade soon, though I will find no use for 3D functionality in newer options, I'm not changing my panel)
- Nintendo Wii
- Nintendo NES
- Apple TV
- (would like to add a standalone CD-player)
- Speakers, all Klipsch, currently in 5.0 setup: 2x KG5.5 for mains, 2 KG2.5 for rear surrounds, 1x KG2.5 for center (I can add 2 more KG2.5 to make 7 channels, though I still need a sub...)
Additionally, I'd like to know if I've overlooked other decent options like an Onkyo or a Marantz. Feature-wise, I narrowed down these two listed based on my preferences. Price point is important for me, and the 2312 is on-sale for $599, with the Pioneer in similar range. Thanks in advance!