Originally Posted by G-Bull
That's a lot for an AVR (AV receiver). Check out the amps and receivers section of this forum for suggestions. I got a great factory refurb for around $250 and I'm quite happy with it.
I second this suggestion. I bought a refurbed Onkyo 605 a few years ago for $250. I still see no reason to replace it. It should last me through a handful of speaker upgrades. As long as an AVR can output what you want, passthrough what you want, and has enough connections, there's little reason to shell out tons of money unless you really know
what it is you're getting.
Also, I'm not sure if this has been suggested, but as a general rule, the majority of your cash should go into your speakers, not an AVR. Not only is the quality of speakers more important than the quality of your AVR, but chances are that your speakers will far outlast your receiver anyway (tech gets outdated, lots more working parts to get busted, etc).
I strongly recommend making your way over to the audio area of AVS. You'll find great information and posters there who can help you.