Howdy Gurus and AVR fans!
I'm looking for a new AVR (or a new to me used or refurb...) my HK AVR254 just burnt out (well the HDMI in and outs stopped working after a lightning bolt seemed to take out my comcast cable box and all of my HDMI ports on the HK). I had A/C surge protection, but not coax! I tried a factory reset to no avail. I'm not sure repair is worth it, but would be willing to give it a try if anyone has any suggestions to that end. The closest HK certified repair shop is over 50 miles away, though (Baltimore)! I'm in the Dc area.
I'm looking for ideas and thoughts on my current needs/wants and list. I'm open to most companies, but I am most seriously considering Denon / Marantz / NAS at this point. I tend to have about a 70/30 movies/music balance. Remote is a non-issue as I use a Harmony (unless the AVR requires Bluetooth, if that even occurs!)
I have been researching for many (many!) hours and have been working hard on narrowing down my selection. I'm trying to stay in the $400-600 area, but have a bit of flexibility (~$50) if required. I like my HK, but it seemed to have a lot of audio drop-out problems with HD signals from netflix and comcast, even after I upgraded the firmware via the RS232 port. I like the Maranzt NRs for the low-profile design, but that is not a requirement as I have 8+" of height clearance in an open TV stand, where my HK currently resides. I would love to have a silver one, but they seem to only be available in Europe as far as I can tell...
-4 HDMI in
-1 HDMI out
-1 Digital Audio In (coaxial)
-5.1 Posts (I use banana clips)
-Audyssey MultEQ or decent equiv. I like OSD speaker set-up. I can tinker, but I prefer KISS methodology
-50 Watts/chl RMS
-Headphone Out (plug size doesn't matter) - Dolby is a nice extra
Wants but not required (ranked in order top to bottom):
-Video Overlay for things like volume, muting, and OSD stuff. (this is something my HK does)
-7.1 (posts) w/ 2-zone
-streaming internet radio (primarily pandora) and/or DLNA
-more HDMI (for expansion)
-Internet firmware updates (rs232 or usb is fine)
-1 Component In (in-case)
Other components / equipment:
-Comcast Cisco PVR / Cablebox - HDMI
-Visio 42" FHDTV (60hz) (using HDMI)
-Insignia BluRay w/ ethernet (Netflix / Pandora) - HDMI
-MythTV (Mythbuntu) PVR - HDMI video (nvidia) / SPDIF coaxial audio
-OrbAudio 5.1 mod2 + super-8 powered SW
5005, 6005 (I like the 5006, but it's close to 800bux!)
NR 1402, 1601, 1602
1921 or 2112ci
All relevant suggestions, questions, and comments are welcome!!