I have been searching for days now, trying to find out how to pick the receiver with the best sound quality under $400, (ideally under $300).
My speakers are the entry-level Andrew Jones Pioneer speakers. I'm using front sound only, because it's a small room, so the AV Receiver only has to power two towers, a center, and a subwoofer.
Otherwise, I don't need any networking features, just the best sound I can get for under $400. The only other requirement is that the receiver have at least 2-3 HDMI ports, (but ideally more.)
All I need to hook into it is an Apple TV, a projector, and a Wii, plus three speakers and a subwoofer. (The Pioneer subwoofer doesn't have a single-output subwoofer jack, it's the normal red-white output.)
I used the Onkyo NR-515, but I'm returning it following some intractable HDMI-out issues. Need to find a replacement. I like the sound quality I got from the Onkyo, but the frustration with the HDMI constantly dropping was too much.
Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks in advance!