I've crossed the tipping point where I need to upgrade my AVR to support more and modern inputs. I've been out of the AVR shopping scene for so long, I find myself totally lost. A decade ago, the folks here were massively helpful in recommending devices that have served me well for a very long time! I'd appreciate any advice on this new round of upgrades...
My analog stage is 5.1 using an external (Sherbourn) amp to power some NHT SB-3s. I have no intention of moving to 7.1 due to room configuration and I'm very content with the quality of the current sound stage. The AVR will be used primarily like a pre-pro with the line-outs going to my amplifier, so I don't really care about the quality of the internal amps. I do care about the quality of the switching sound/video quality. My old one is a Yamaha RX-630 which has served me wonderfully, but it predates HDMI and too many new devices are making it harder to make good connections.
I would like to have a receiver that can switch between multiple S, Component, HDMI and Composite inputs, and push all of the signals to either an HDMI or Component out. The quality of the video and analog switching is my highest priority. I'm currently watching through a similarly dated Toshiba HD CRT, but anticipate that that will be my next thing to upgrade, within the next year or so.
My target is to be under $500, but I could be flexible if going above that number offered significant improvements.
I guess the last bit of info would be I have the Harmony 1, so I don't really care about the remote, as after set-up, it will sit in a drawer. And automated audio calibration is also not a priority. I'm quite comfortable with an SPL and a manual configuration, so automation here is a "nice to have" only.
Are there any other details about my current system, interests or needs that would be helpful to narrow down my choices?
Thanks in advance,