I actually joined because I saw your post. I live in an apartment also, and had a hard time choosing the right receiver. Amazon had some rockin' deals at Christmas, and I was looking at the Yamaha RXV371 and the Onkyo you mentioned. I got the Onkyo, because they have a great Audyssey equalization setting for the volume. It is perfect for my small space, because I don't have to crank it to hear every detail. In fact, I've never had to push the volume even halfway to get great audio. The TX-NR509 is my second Onkyo, because I sold the first for a soundbar to appease the wife. DON'T DO THIS. She even missed the surround sound! My advice would be to visit accessories4less.com. They have a great refurbished selection, featuring Onkyos and Denons. They are backed by a one year warranty, as they are an authorized dealer. You'll get a lot of receiver for your money. Just make sure it has Audyssey EQ. Both Denon and Onkyo models have this, except for their entry level receivers. I love Onkyo's sound reproduction, and I had no reliability issues with the first. I've only had this for a couple of weeks, and no hiccups so far. Haven't even messed with the networking feature, since my blu-ray player does that.