Haven't posted in a long time. Recently purchased a new 60" TV and that got me back into wanting to upgrade my old setup. I have a basic 5.1 setup with older monitor 7's front, 370 center, monitor 3's rear and adp 170's (?) for surround and ps1000 sub, these are v3 minus the sub which i dont recall. I had an older Denon AVR-1400? or something (probably a different model number, it was about 500 bucks when i purchased it). It was about 8 years old when it died, I then substituted it with an even older Pioneer I had still laying around last year. With young kids always in bed early it was never really practical to take full advantage of the setup so it has kind of sat under used the past few years.
Anyways, I am looking to replace just the receiver for now and I believe I have narrowed it down to Pioneer and Yamaha this time. I have owned a couple different Denon receivers in the past, and I have always found the sound to be a bit on the mellow/flat side of things, mind you they have always been paired with Paradigm speakers as well though! I prefer a more snappy(bright?) sound. I always thought this was my Paradigm speakers but after doing more reading it on it, it sounds as though the Monitor 7's should be able to perform this way when coupled with a receiver that amplifies this kind of sound? Regardless, I need a new receiver, so figured I would start there, and look at upgrading the speakers should I not be able to get the sound out of them I hoping for. If I do upgrade the speakers in the future I think I will be leaning more towards the Klipsch or Polk for that higher more brighter (if you want to describe it that way) sound.
So really my question is, given my setup, (80% movie/tv, 20% music) is there a Pioneer or Yamaha receiver that would be a better option over others? Honestly a 5.1 will be enough for our setup right now. I want to purchase something with decent video processing and airplay support, and the ability to stream from our ipads and iphones. Budget is about 500. I am sure I can get something in the 300-400 range that will easily meet my needs, but I have been out of the game so long now that I dont know whats what anymore.
I was thinking something along the lines of the yamaha rxv473b or rxv573b (7.1 - if the price was right). or a pioneer vsx-1022-k or vsx-1122-k . I think these models would provide me what I am after.
I guess I am really trying to get a consensus of which receiver would work best with my current speakers and provide more of the sound that I am after.