I recently bought a Yamaha RX-V371BL that crapped out on me after 1 hour of usage. After trouble shooting the issues, I gave up and returned it to Amazon. So, having said this, I'm looking for a new receiver in the next few days. I only need it to use the built in 5.1 ceiling speakers that I have in the place that I currently live in. There's a few that are currently on sale at best buy:
I'm on a budget with regards to buying a receiver for around $250 and under. I'm a beginner to home theatre systems so I think the 515 or the 616 is out of my league for the time being. Any comments with regards to the two I linked?
One more receiver to consider is Pioneer VSX-1022K, lot of features and lot of user feedback in this forum. If I hadn't gone with the HK AVR-1700, I would have gone for the pioneer as well. I also returned the RX-v371BL to amazon after hearing how wimpy it sounds (of course it was was the bottom of the barrel model for yamaha).