I posted some of this in the NAD T 757 thread, but I'm guessing it doesn't get much use and I'll word this a bit more general. I'm looking to replace a Rotel RSX-1056 that is developing volume control issues, and it also lacks any HDMI connectivity.
I use my system for about 80% music, and 20% HT. My main music source is actually a Windows media center PC where I rip all my CD's to native WAV format. This is connected to my Rotel via digital optical cable. I tend to listen to my music in a mode called seven channel stereo, but I disable the center channel. I think I've narrowed my search down to the Marantz SR5007, Denon 3313CI (or 3312CI), and the NAD T 757. I am willing to listen to other recommendations.
Since It's mainly for music, I'm really looking for something with stellar audio. Here are some basic criteria.
I do NOT need more than a single HDMI output, I need about four inputs.
I need pre-amp output to connect a Rotel RB-1080 amp to drive the L/R fronts
A phono input would be nice, but not a show stopper if it's missing.
The receiver will only be driving five speakers, so I don't need GOBS of power.
Some type of automated room setup would be nice.
Price range around $1000 US