I currently have a Pioneer VSX-1015TX and I've always been happy with its performance. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it lacks HDMI ports and with the new gaming consoles just around the corner, I have decided that my receiver is going to need to be replaced first. I have an HDMI to component adapter that I run my Apple TV through but I'm tired of dealing with all of the component stuff and want to just bite the bullet and get a receiver with HDMI ports. In addition to the Apple TV, the receiver also has my FIOS cable box, XBox360, Mitsubishi DLP, and Klipsch 5.1 speaker system attached to it. I don't believe my TV has HDMI on it either so my new receiver will need to output to component. My family room where all of this stuff is is pretty small, measuring about 15 x 20. So far, I am considering the following receivers:
Pioneer Elite VSX-43
The one thing that concerns me about these is that my old receiver had an output of about 840 W if I remember right and these other receivers that I'm looking at are all between 400 and 560 W. Do you think I'll notice much difference dropping down to something like that? I don't foresee myself ever installing 7.1 in my family room so I don't know if it's worth getting a receiver that does that. Some features that I am interested in are internet radio/Pandora support, iPod/iPhone integration and component output. I guess 5 or 6 HDMI input ports should do the trick.
If anyone has some recommendations or advice for me, it would be appreciated. Oh yeah, I'm really trying to stay around $500 for this purchase.
Thanks in advance.