I hate to waste anyone's time, but . . .
I'm in the market for a 7.1 system, not trying to spend much more than $600. I'm looking to drive 2 NHT Absolute towers, the corresponding center channel speaker, and 4 Energy Take Classic satellites. 50/50 music and home theater.
My main criteria are ease of interface, having it not run too hot (like my current receiver, which is a safety hazzard), audio fidelity, not mucking up my TV's PQ in any way, etc. I'm basically trying to figure out what qualitative differences there are between brands at this level. I like the way the Denon looks and am thinking about the 1913 or the 2113.
ANY advice will be appreciated.