I'm looking for an entry level receiver to replace my Denon 1609 that recently developed a bad microprocessor.
I have done a lot of research in this forum and also on other site, but the more I read the more confused I get. I'm looking to spend about $200. Less would be better, a little more is OK if there is real justification for doing so.
The system will be located in the master bedroom. I have a nicer AV setup downstairs in the living room, so this isn't my primary system. The main use for the receiver is to watch TV (AT&T Uverse). It will also be used with Apple TV to play songs from iTunes, Podcasts, and the occasional movie. I will also use the Tuner periodically. A nice to have feature would be the ability to connect an iPod/iPhone directly to play songs. This will make it easier for my wife to listen to her podcasts. Networking/Airplay is not a requirement as I have Apple TV, and there is no ethernet connection in the room.
I plan to use the receiver in a 2.1 or 3.1 setup. I have five speakers but put two in storage as my wife doesn't like the size/bulkiness of them. I'll save them for our next home, when I may use them in a 5.1 setup again. Here is the equipment I have:
4x Polk Audio Monitor 60 Tower Speakers (only using 2, other 2 in storage)
1x Polk Audio CSi3 Center Channel Speaker
1x Polk Audio PSW-10 Subwoofer
So far I have considered the following receivers, but I'm very confused.
- Pioneer VSK-1022
- Denon AVR-1513
- Denon AVR-1312
- Sony STR-DH520
- Harman Kardon AVR-700
- Harman Kardon AVR-1700
- Yamaha RX-V373
Please let me know your thoughts on which one would be best for my needs. Alternatively, feel free to suggest an alternate/better option. Ideally I would like to find something under $200.