So I am looking for a low cost receiver for my home theater that I hope to have completed this holiday season. So while there are sales going on I wanted to jump on a receiver but I could use a little help. I have around $300 (including shipping) that I have to work with. I would be nice if I could get closer to $250-200 but I know it will depend on the feature creep for what I would like. So that being said I would like to have these features:
Be able to do 5.1
Be able to do 7.1 with the option for fronts and front High L/R (Optional but would be nice)
HDMI output ( I would hope)
Component inputs ( at least 2)
Component upscaling (if possible)
Toslink input ( assignable if possible)
Banana Jacks instead of spring clips (if possible i'm picky I know)
A calibration Mic (need to have as I have NO idea how to do it properly on my own)
Network jack/control w/ some kind of iphone/android app (optional or)
RS-232 control (optional see above)
And WAF ( Wife approval Factor) if possible along the lines of "Oh there is the power button...."
I don't do much with audio or audio gear being more of a video guy in my background so I do appreciate any help you all can provide.
I was looking at some of the cyber monday ad's and i was torn on what I should get as most everything seemed like a 50/50 split if things were good or bad depending on the reviews I read.
I looked at the Harman Kardon AVR 1700, Pioneer VSX-1022-K, and a bunch of the Onkyo receivers in the $200-300 range nothing seemed to jump out and be the best choice.
I plan on using four JBL control 25's with wall mounts to start for my fronts and sides. A old Mirage Sub from a friend and a Bose 802 speaker for my center. I would like to upgrade the fronts ( and the sub and the center speakers) when I have the funds but it will be some time before that can happen.
So any suggests from you fine folks? Thanks much and happy holidays!