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Need some current recommendations for the best AV receiver under (or around) $500. Would need to be 7.1 and at least 5 HDMI inputs.

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Can you tell us about your room size, the speakers you are using, your listening preferences and what you will be hooking up as sources?

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Can you tell us about your room size, the speakers you are using, your listening preferences and what you will be hooking up as sources?

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Sure. Obviously those are great questions. I will try my best.

I am actually helping a friend design his theater in his basement. He has a cheap Sony 5.1 HTIB now. I would categorize him as what I call an "Average Joe Best Buy Guy" ---- he is definitely not an audiophile. His main listening will be mainly Dish TV, Xbox, Playstation, Bluray player, a HTPC and probably MP3s.

He has purchased an Epson Pro projector and I have recommended that he mount it and play around with the screen size before he purchases a screen for it.

I will have to ask him about the dimensions of his room. He is also not sure what he is going to do as far as speakers are concerned. He might need to use in-walls for the 4 rears based on how his room is setup (large opening at the back of the room that opens to another room in the basement --- no doors but enough wall on each side for a rear back on each side.)
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Unless he plans on placing the rears on pedestals, he may simply want to consider the "side" in-walls and stop at 5.1 (or consider Front Height speakers for 7.1). Take a look at the Denon E400, X1000 and X2000.

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I like the Denons myself, but Yamaha would be my second pick.
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I prefer the Yamaha's over the Denon's. Not that crazy about Audyssey in the forms I've used. Multi-Eq XT is as high I used. Can't comment on XT32. The Yamaha below seems to be a good buy in this price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882115377&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=6146852&SID=1nblsghug0pef
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