Thanks for the replies guys!
Originally Posted by BeeMan458
Consider something like a Denon AVR1713?
So the Denon AVR-1713 is 499€ here (about $614), which is more than i was looking to spend. Though i might come back to it if the other options don't work out.
Last year's AVR-1712 doesn't appear to available anywhere here in Germany, including eBay. Same for the AVR-1613. However, i can get last year's AVR-1612 at 289€, which is a great price. The lack of networking features doesn't matter to me, so i'd pick this one over the newer AVR-1513 because it has Audyssey.
Originally Posted by JBWIII
Also look into the Yamaha RX-V473. I think that it fits the bill
I did, and it does! Seems like a great pick. The price is good, it has four digital audio inputs, AirPlay, and phone apps for control (most of the competing models don't seem to have this).
On the subject of networking features though, including AirPlay: The more i think about it, the more i realize that i don't need my AVR to do these things, because they're already covered by my source devices. I'd like to try AirPlay, but i wonder how often i'd actually use it after that.
Concerning analog video upconversion: I think i'm content just running the Wii's component directly to the display. The Wii HDMI adapter jdsmoothie linked to seems pretty cool actually, maybe i'll try that. Not a big deal, either way.
Thanks for the link to the optical switcher too, i wasn't aware that they were this cheap.
So to sum up, here's my current list:
- Marantz NR1402 - Ordered to try out, might come in tomorrow.
- Yamaha RX-V473 - Feature-wise the best one on the list, i think.
- Denon AVR-1612
- Denon AVR-1513 - Keeping it on the list for now, but the 1612 seems preferable (Audyssey, lower price, also a great thread here on AVS) even though it's older.
- Harman/Kardon AVR 156 - Downsides: Only 3 HDMIs, no Audyssey.
- Pioneer - Haven't looked into those yet.
I also tried to find out more about the headphone concerns i described in the initial post. My current impression is that the notion of "don't hook up nice headphones to an AVR, it will sound horrible" comes from audiophiles, and that normals shouldn't worry about it because it sounds just fine. I guess i'll have to try for myself?
Thanks again for the advice.