I am in the market for a new receiver as my old one doesn't do any of the lossless movie codecs found on most Blu-Rays. There are so many options that it's hard for me to tell what's useful and what's just fluff. I listen to about 60% movies and 40% music. The vast majority of my listening will done through my computer running XBMC. I listen to MP3, FLAC and I have s ubscription to Slacker Radio. The later is one of the reasons I'm considering the Onkyo since Slacker is built in. I'm not sure how much stock to put into that though. If I bought the Denon, would I be able to stream Slacker to the receiver through their phone app? My speakers are Klipsch RB-41 II and a RC-42 II for the center and a generic sub. I have plans to upgrade the sub to something much better in the near future, but not right now.
I keep hearing how great Audyssey is, but then I hear others say that auto EQ's never get the settings right. My current receiver is 75W/chan so I'm hoping the increased power of the new receiver will drive the speakers a little more effortlessly. This is the first time I've spent much money on a receiver so I'm trying to make sure I get the most for my money. I'm looking to spend around $800, but I'm williing to spend more if there is a worth while reason to do so. I've always loved audio and have wanted to be an audiophile since I was a kid. My problem is that I really don't know much about it. So which receiver would you chose and why?
P.S. I have considered going separates like the Emotiva UMC-200 and the UPA-700, but again I hear mixed reviews about it's auto-EQ with many saying it is horrible. Additionally it has less features an less power. Not sure if I would gain anything for the added money.