Originally Posted by gtrscort
$600 for the receiver...but I wanna make sure that if I need to upgrade, that I don't buy something in that price range that isn't worth it....in other words I don't wanna spend $600 on something just because of the name...make sense?
Scroll through the first four or five pages of threads in this section and you will find that pretty much every thread deals with a Yamaha, Deon, Pioneer, or Onkyo receiver. All four brands have gained a considerable following not just because of their name, but because, for the most part, they make quality products.
If I were, I would go to their websites and look at the features that each receiver offers. Make a list of features that you need and that you want. Come here and search the receiver type and 99% of the time you'll find a dedicated thread for that type of receiver with loads of information about them. One you have your list and know what you want you can eliminate receivers / brands that won't work.
For me, it was to find a 7.1 receiver that came packed with airplay and audyssey calibration for under $350. In the range that I was looking onkyo doesn't offer airplay and Yamaha didn't have Audyssey. So that left Denon and Pioneer. I then just shopped for the best bargain.
At $600 though, i think these are some high;y competent receivers.
The denon 1913
goes for under 600, but if you deal search I bet you can find a deal on a 2113ci
for under 600.
Yamaha also has some really nice ones like the RX-V673
for under 600.
Just a few example. good luck.