Originally Posted by soundlovr
With the 4 Ohm speakers, you should abandon thoughts of a receiver and move towards separates. Rotel and NAD would be good places to start in your price range.
This is absolutely misinformed. You can
"abandon thoughts of a receiver", if you want, but "should" is just not an informed choice of words. Based on real world experience with the Onkyo 602 (me), 600 (one friend), and the 501 (another friend) there are even good quality, low-end receivers that will handle a 4-ohm load with ease. There are obviously ones that can't, but you shouldn't
dump the baby with the bath water. Not with a <$1000 budget, anyway.
As I already mentioned, my <$250 Onkyo SR602 refurb has run my Dyn 4 ohm setup across the front stage for almost 18 months. It is just barely warm after >12 continious hours of 7.1 operation (roomate and I are on opposite shifts), and it sounds very comparible to a mid level seperates setup (Stereophile "class A" multi-ch pre, with Parasound/Adcom amplification) when both are used with a heavily compressed DTS or DD source. That is my personal experience, anyway. Throw in my (also Stereophile "class A") SACD player, and things do change a good bit, however.
I just wanted to re-emphasize the difference between my actual experience vs the opinions of those here who have (apparently) not tried using a real 4ohm speaker load with a good quality, low-end receiver. I will be moving to all seperates eventually, but a receiver with a decent amp section is an excellent intermediate solution to run until I want to drop enough cash on my electronics and get there.
Again, good luck with whatever you decide. Just don't spend more than you want to, at the moment. Your Dyns will last you a lifetime, so they will still be around when you are ready to drop the scratch on a seperates setup.