I just ordered a Panasonic TC-P60ST60, and my current Denon AVR-1910 won't pass 3D to it, so I'm in the market for a new receiver. I am very satisfied with the AVR-1910's sound quality. I'm obsessive about doing research, and making sure I get the best product for my money. But I'm looking for a new receiver, and can't decide what that is, and it's driving me crazy. My options are a refurb Denon AVR-1913, which is the most expensive of the group. I could step down to the Onkyo TX-NR515 refurb, and save $70. And on the low end I could get a Pioneer VSX-1022 from Amazon Warehouse Deals for $50 less than the NR515, or $120 less than the Denon.
All of these receivers fulfill my needs, it's just a matter of deciding if it's worth spending the extra money for the Denon over the Onkyo, or the Onkyo over the Pioneer. The Denon and Onkyo are both refurbs, and come with a 1 year warranty. The Pioneer is open box from Amazon, and the warranty is questionable at best. I know the Denon will sound better, but the Onkyo is cheaper, and has more features. The Pioneer will probably sound the worst of the 3, but is also the cheapest. I keep thinking I've decided on one, then end up changing my mind to another. Can anyone help me make my mind up, or offer another compelling option? Budget is really important, my wife is already a little upset I got the tv.