Why not simply go with Yamaha RX-A660?
Thanks to generous advice I've received on AVS Forum, I've upgraded my old speakers to a 3.1 system (Q Acoustics Concept 20 bookshelf, QA Concept Center Console, and an SVS SB12 sub). As I've mentioned on another thread, I would like to upgrade my 11-year-old Pioneer VXS-516 receiver, and I'll be done. In our 19'x13' living room, I doubt I'll add even surround speakers.
I've researched probably much more than I need to, looking primarily into Denons and Yamahas. The choices are dizzying, features added on higher models with correspondingly higher prices, but my needs really aren't that great. We have a 51" Samsung plasma television (OTA antenna), stream movies and shows through Roku, steam audio through an Apple Airport Express, and have a DVD player and a CD player.
I'm very tempted to order a Yamaha RX-A660 from Best Buy on sale for $299.98 and call it a day, but before I do, I wanted to ask more knowledgeable persons what I may be overlooking.
I can spend more money, and though I don't want to spend more than needed, a higher-featured Denon X1300W can be had for $399.99 and the next step up X2300W for $499.99 (though this latter deal may be gone before I decide). The question is this: Considering my needs, what do I gain with one of the two Denons over the Yamaha A660?
(And unfortunately, I'm not close to a Fry's for the great deals they run on Denons that are local areas only.)