The only brand I am biased against is Sony. Cnet has them #1 mainly
because they come with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for free. Everybody else
makes you pay extra for those plugins. The 773WA has everything except
Bluetooth, including full preamp out.
I also avoid Onkyo after my 1007 hdmi board got so hot I turned off my furnace.
They burn up pretty fast. I have a Denon 4311 and hooked up 11.2 for a while.
Many sites rated the Pioneer 11xx models well also, so I picked up a 1121 for
$429 shipped April 2012 in another Newegg close-out sale. I only buy receivers
with full preamp out. Just in case.
Yamaha has been making professional musical instruments and speakers for a
long time. They know how to make bass notes sound fine without auddysey.
Their onboard amps are a little under powered, but 10 watts per channel is never
a deal breaker. Yamaha has had stronger multizone capabilities for years. Denon is
finally catching up there.
Thay Audioholics link has the Yamaha top three and Home Theater has them #1
in the same price range here.http://www.hometheater.com/content/top-picks-av-receivers
Here is another. All in the first few links of a google search "best home theater receiver".http://www.consumersearch.com/home-theater-receivers
And another on the first page of search.http://www.tested.com/tech/set-top-boxes/456857-best-home-theater-av-receiver/
This is enough for now.http://av-receiver-review.toptenreviews.com/