A while ago, I bought a Samsung LED TV that had quite a steep discount only to find out later that it had a really poor sound quality. At normal levels, I could barely hear a dialogue thanks to the nosy neighborhood I live in. After a couple of weeks, I went into a store to buy a sound system for that TV and, after listening to a couple of 5.1 systems, I bought an LG HT906TA as it was quite cheap (around 250$ because it was an older model without Blu-Ray support) and it sounded pretty nice.
I was quite happy with the system until a couple of months ago when I added an WD TV Live to the mix, as I started hearing some sort of static sound when the movie had low pitched sounds. I assumed this happened because of the WD TV Live, but yesterday I finished building a computer that's supposed to be a gaming machine and a overpowered HTPC and tried to watch a movie and the same thing happened: low pitched sounds generate some sort of static noise, as if somebody was hitting the mic every second or so. The same thing happened if I tried to use the Nvidia pass-thru audio on my card or the optical digital connection from my motherboard's sound system, so I guess I found out why the system was so cheap.
That being said, I started to look for a A/V receiver in order to replace the unit that came with the HTS from LG. I hoped that I could find something reasonably priced to enjoy a movie in my rather tiny living room without spending a lot of money and, hopefully, without having to change all the speakers. For example, the Yamaha RX-V373 seemed like a really nice product with a very budget-friendly price.
However, I cracked open the HTS manual that came with my LG and noticed that the speakers look extremely well on paper: all of the are 2 way 3 speakers with an impedance rating of 4 ohms, an input power of 180 W and a maximum input power of 360 W, except for the passive subwoofer which is rated at 3 ohms, 200W and up to 400 W of maximum input power. The receiver specs are also great: 180 W for each speaker (4 ohms at 1 kHz) except for the subwoofer (200 W, 3 ohms at 60 Hz), all of this in surround mode. Is this some sort of marketing gimmick because I can't find a receiver with similar specs under 2000$.
Unfortunately, right now I'm on a rather tight budget and I can't afford to invest into an AV receiver and a decent 5.1 speaker set so my only option right now is to try to replace the AV receiver and plan to change the speakers in a couple of months from now, maybe even more. So, could somebody help me out with picking a decent AV receiver for my system?