I'm near finishing my Theater/ Bar basement and will be needing a new receiver to run the room. The bar has a dual channel speaker fed to it as well as a coax and cat 5e fed from my stereo cabinet for a small tv. The bar area is behind the theater, so the bar speaker could be utilized as the rear 2 channels. All the speaker wires are ran through the walls, either to the in wall rears, or terminals for the fronts and center. No speakers picked out yet, but that will be later down the road for new ones.
I will be running a PS3, cable box and an HDMI output from the Laptop. I would like to run 7.1 surround for main movies. It would be nice to be able to have the main tv and 5.1 as well as run the bar tv and rear dual channel at the same time, but a seperate programs ( 2 games on etc). Are the many receivers that can handle that? My budget would be to keep it below a grand. I'm not brand loyal, But can get good deals through the local shop buying Denon, Anthem, Cambridge Audio, or Marantz.
Whats a decent unit a guy could pick up for a decent price?