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Help picking a new receiver

I'm currently using a Denon AVR-S500BT to power my Pioneer SP-FS52 towers which are paired with a Polk DSW440wi subwoofer. I believe that these towers would benefit from more power, and I'd like to be prepared to expand to 5.1 or power other speakers in the future. I have no need for more than 5.1. There is a fairly good possibility that I'll get a pair of Snell J2 speakers in the near future, and Martin Logan Motion 40/60XT's are also a possibility.

I use the receiver as a DAC from my HTPC and I run all my video devices into it and out to my TV.

I have a lot of options in my price range, and I was wondering which of these would be the best deal at each price point. I get discounts for Denon, Marantz and Yamaha. The Marantz NR1504 and SR5009 seem like the best options to me, as they seem to have the best specs/price.

Yamaha:
RX-V477BL - $240
RX-V577BL - $285
RX-V677BL - $310
RX-A740BL - $350
RX-A840BL - $440

Marantz:
NR1403 - $153
NR1504 - $185
NR1605 - $249
SR5009 - $313
SR6009 - $451
SR7008 - $552

Denon:
AVRS700W - $185
AVRS900W - $233
AVRX1100W - $211
AVRX2100W - $275
AVRX3100W - $387
AVRX4100W - $520

Thanks in advance!

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If you're interested in Audyssey XT32 you would need to go with the Denon X4100 or Marantz 7008. If not, I would probably go with the Marantz SR5009 due to the features and full set of preouts.

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I also think the Marantz SR5009 is the best deal for the money from what you listed.

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Where can I find the SR5009 or the SR6009 at those prices? I am also looking for a receiver for my game room.
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I'm currently using a Denon AVR-S500BT to power my Pioneer SP-FS52 towers which are paired with a Polk DSW440wi subwoofer. I believe that these towers would benefit from more power, and I'd like to be prepared to expand to 5.1 or power other speakers in the future. I have no need for more than 5.1. There is a fairly good possibility that I'll get a pair of Snell J2 speakers in the near future, and Martin Logan Motion 40/60XT's are also a possibility.

I use the receiver as a DAC from my HTPC and I run all my video devices into it and out to my TV.

I have a lot of options in my price range, and I was wondering which of these would be the best deal at each price point. I get discounts for Denon, Marantz and Yamaha. The Marantz NR1504 and SR5009 seem like the best options to me, as they seem to have the best specs/price.

Yamaha:
RX-V477BL - $240
RX-V577BL - $285
RX-V677BL - $310
RX-A740BL - $350
RX-A840BL - $440

Marantz:
NR1403 - $153
NR1504 - $185
NR1605 - $249
SR5009 - $313
SR6009 - $451
SR7008 - $552

Denon:
AVRS700W - $185
AVRS900W - $233
AVRX1100W - $211
AVRX2100W - $275
AVRX3100W - $387
AVRX4100W - $520

Thanks in advance!
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Where can I find the SR5009 or the SR6009 at those prices? I am also looking for a receiver for my game room.
You won't. I get a discount on them.
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I'm going to be the evil superego here and say: why not go to a 5.1 right now. It doesn't cost that much. All you need are two of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS2...ioneer+sp+fs52

That price is for a pair, and one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS2...ioneer+sp+fs52

Then look at moving up receiver wise. I helped a friend of mine set up a 2.1 system (he lives in a studio) using a Denon S900W. This receiver has a decent power amp section, but rather basic Audyssey capabilities. On the other hand, it will drive (sort of) 4 ohm loads. But if you can get the X4100W for $520, forget about anything else, that is a great receiver.

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If you're interested in Audyssey XT32 you would need to go with the Denon X4100 or Marantz 7008. If not, I would probably go with the Marantz SR5009 due to the features and full set of preouts.
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I also think the Marantz SR5009 is the best deal for the money from what you listed.
I was kind of split between it and the NR1504, but I really think the slimline look of the NR is ugly. I'll probably get the SR5009. Thanks!
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I'm going to be the evil superego here and say: why not go to a 5.1 right now. It doesn't cost that much. All you need are two of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS2...ioneer+sp+fs52

That price is for a pair, and one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-SP-BS2...ioneer+sp+fs52

Then look at moving up receiver wise. I helped a friend of mine set up a 2.1 system (he lives in a studio) using a Denon S900W. This receiver has a decent power amp section, but rather basic Audyssey capabilities. On the other hand, it will drive (sort of) 4 ohm loads. But if you can get the X4100W for $520, forget about anything else, that is a great receiver.
I don't have the wiring or much of a desire to go 5.1. I mostly use my setup for music, movies are secondary.

I really don't want to spend much more than $400, and the less the better. I listed the more expensive ones just in case one was miles better for my setup and well-worth the cash. If I had a bigger income, the $180 or whatever difference wouldn't be a problem. I think anything above the SR5009 is overbuying. Even at that steep discount, the SR5009 costs more than my speakers and sub. the X4100W would be complete overkill. I'm kind of an audio purist, so the RoomEQ, etc, is stuff I'll do mostly on my own anyways.

Thanks for the input though!
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