Out of haste I sold my Denon 1910 about a month ago with plans to go with a soundbar, but after much debate decided against it. Now I am trying to choose a new avr. I have been completely obsessed the last few weeks trying to find the "perfect" new receiver and am starting to go out of my mind so I ask for help. My setup consists of a panasonic 60st60 plasma, fat ps3, and direct tv genie. My primary use is movies and tv with occasional music. My speakers are Kef Q300 for L and R and a Q600 center. I will eventually add a sub and possibly in ceiling speakers for use as surrounds. My living room is roughly 16' by 13' and opens to the kitchen and a lower family room on the right side. I would like the ability to have something capable of two zones so I can add outdoor speakers at a later date. Airplay would be fairly important as we are an apple family, iphones, imac, and ipad, but doesn't have to have wifi, have an apple airport extreme currently not being used that I could use as an extender. I took today off so that I could spend some time auditioning receivers and it turned out to be a complete waste of time. I first went to a local, 45 miles away, store that carries my speakers as well as yamaha and onkyo receivers hoping to be able to listen to my setup. The sales guy was completely rude and said it would take to long to hook up the kefs to the receivers, or any speakers for that matter as they were reorganizing their rooms so I left without getting to listen to anything. Down the street from this store was a Magnolia store that was almost as bad, I actually stood around for 25 minutes waiting for help until I finally just walked out.
I have no brand loyalty just looking for a good receiver that can push my speakers, they are rated at 87db so not super efficient. I was never real happy with the Denon that I had, always felt that it was lacking power. My budget is up to $1k. Sorry for the long post, but I am at my wit's end and for the sanity of my wife as well as myself I ask for input.