I currently have a Sony HTIB that I purchased several years ago and I want to upgrade. I started looking at receivers and I am leaning toward a Denon receiver. Onkyo receivers seem to have more features for the money but also more problems. But please suggest anything that would fit my requirements. My budget is $1500 for the receiver, speakers, and whatever else I may need.
These are my general requirements (in order of importance):
Best audio quality for the money
At least 4 HDMI inputs (5 would be nice)
Blu ray player
Camcorder or smartphone/tablet (preferably front connection)
HTPC or network streaming box
Wireless display (miracast)
Optical SPDIF input (from my TV)
Some room equalization
At least one composite analog input (for hooking up a wii)
FLAC decoding is a plus
I will mostly be watching broadcast TV and listening to audio CDs. I will watch blu ray movies less frequently.
Also, I want to know if I should look for a receiver first and then for speakers or the other way around.
Thanks in advance.