[Edit - changed thread title to reflect my current considerations]
I am looking into buying my first ever AV Receiver. I've been browsing suggestions on CNET. Looking at this years models, and considering my price range, I believe I have narrowed it down to two receivers, the Onkyo TX-NR626 and the Sony STR-DN840.
I believe both have features I desire. I'll be playing blurays, PS3, Cable TV, and music in a 12' x 15' room. I'd like to stream music from Pandora and other internet radio. I also have a large collection of live music in FLAC format that I would like to stream over local network. (I think these things are all possible with these two receivers?). Both receivers have built in WiFi.
My TV is a Samsung UN46EH6000. I have already purchased 5.1 speakers - the Energy Take Classic 5.1. These speakers are 8 ohm and take 100 W.
At 8 Ohm the Onkyo puts out 95 W. I think the Sony puts out 150 W. So, I'd need to be careful with the output of the Sony. I can limit output with a setting on the Sony?
I've read in forums here about issues with the HDMI through on the Onkyos failing due to overheating, but have also read that that might be fixed with the newer models.
I've also read here that the Sony might have issues interfacing with the Samsung TV: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1490262/sony-str-dn840-issues
The price difference - Sony is $450, Onkyo is $500. I have Best Buy gift cards from points on a credit card, so will be buying from there. I'm considering the Geek Squad Protection. Is this worthless or something to at least consider for a first time receiver owner?
I've likely left out information that would help you provide feedback. Please let me know. And, what other considerations should I be taking into account?
Thanks so much in advance for any advice!
Edited by mpartlow - 10/21/13 at 10:13am