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A problem is that most modern receivers, especially in your price range, aren't formally rated to drive 4 Ohm speakers. Most will, but perhaps not to high sound levels. If the woofers actually dip to 2 Ohms, though, that might be a problem. (i.e. external amps might be appropriate.)
There's no need to match manufacturers among your equipment. Denon and Onkyo receivers have Audyssey room correction software and probably would be fine. Onkyo's receivers tend to be somewhat less expensive for comparable features, but have gotten a reputation for somewhat poorer reliability. This might just be because so many more of them are sold. Unfortunately, modern Sony receivers no longer have the reputation for quality that Sony once had.
Denon certainly has apps for their receivers. Also, people often have found the receivers' Web interfaces quite convenient. The 1713 seems to be in your price range. Don't forget to call authorize dealers to get the best price, both because they aren't allowed to publish anything other than MSRP, and because Denon won't honor the warranty if you buy from unauthorized "grey-market" resellers.
I hope these comments help a little.
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