Its been quite a while since I've taken the advice of this thread an improved my home theater with a pair of RB-25's to compliment my RF-25s and RC-52. I'm still running my old HTIB Onkyo sub and receiver HT-R667. While my sound quality has been pretty good (aside from the muddy woofer) my receiver is now beginning to fail (too much heat, failed capacitors, HDMI daughterboard doesn't like to handshake, etc) and I "need" to replace it (or wait 15 minutes and 5-10 power cycles to watch a blu-ray)
1) Blu-ray player
2) Xbox 360Digitial Optical
1)HTPC (HDMI video plugs directly into TV, could goto receiver, is moot)
The CNET reviews (http://reviews.cnet.com/best-av-receivers/
) seems to say that the Denon AVR-1911
has the greatest audio performance of all those tested, but lacks in the input department (specifically for me, TOSLINK, although i could use a converter http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Optica.../dp/B000I98ZQY
I'm leaning towards the Pioneer VSX-1020-K
as it is in the price range, has all the input ports I need, seems to have the 2nd highest rated audio quality of the bunch tested, and a "better" calibration method.
My budget is $400 +/- $100 and now I ask you for input? Which of the two about would you recommend? Would you recommend one I haven't considered? Any and all constructive advice is appreciated.
To a lesser degree, I need to replace the subwoofer too, but have not even begun to research options there, so again, suggestions are welcome.
FWIW, I have a Logitech harmony 670, so the receiver remote is of no consequence and am connecting to a Sony KDS-55A3000 HDTV.