If you can squeeze out a bit more (and if you can find one for that price). You should really look at the Sony 5800es. I just picked one up on Amazon (Like New), and it looked like the box was only opened to see if it would work. The Sony (to me) has better separation throughout the sound field. You can hear things clearer and more defined. I am coming from a Onkyo 818, Denon 4311, Pioneer 1522 (and to me), the Sony is the best of the bunch. I am running the front speakers off a Emotiva amp, and the rest of a 9.2 set up through the Sony. I also noticed that Sony's room correction worked better than Audyssey and Pioneer's (in my Great Room). It also blended in my two subs a bit better than the Audyssey. Audyssey seemed to "juice" the low end a bit too much for my taste. I also think music sounds more realistic (instruments and vocals are separated better).
I do like the 818, and it's being used in my Master Bedroom now. I was almost going to purchase another 818 off of Amazon "Deal of the Day" made the price very attractive, but decided to wait and hear the Sony. I am by no means an audiophile, so sorry if the descriptions are not spot on. I'm pretty sure you will be thrilled with whatever AVR you decide on.