Originally Posted by BUman
Anyone have recommendations for a good 4k receiver to go with the Epson 5050?
Our media room just has Klipsch in-wall speakers (7 of them) for surround sound including ceiling
We have an old Marantz Receiver and would have a budget up to $2k for a new one. I saw their mid level 4k receiver for around $1400.
I think you will find the mid-range receivers in the $1-2K range from all the usual suspects to be extremely comparable (Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Yamaha, etc.) Denon and Marantz are the same company. Onkyo now owns Pioneer, too.
In my personal opinion, as long as the receiver has the general features you want and you have no unusual requirements, I would turn my attention to quality of amplification and room correction. If you won't be adding any speakers, then you don't need to pay up for 11 channels of amplification either, or you can buy a receiver that has 7-9 amplified channels but processing for 11, so you can upgrade down the road if you wish by simply adding an external amp.
Also keep in mind between now and September, quite a few new receivers will be announced, though I am not sure how significant the updates will be. You could view that as a reason to wait, or a way to get a bargain on a current model.
Very generally speaking, if you read a lot, I think you will find that Yamaha has a reputation for above average reliability, Onkyo has a reputation for below average reliability, but that does vary from year to year, model to model, and as ownership changes. Every manufacturer has a few stinkers on their record.
I would start by looking at the following if I were you:
Marantz 6013 or 7013
Yamaha RXV 2085 / RXA 3080
Some of those can be found for some pretty incredible prices if you keep an eye on sales. By no means is that a complete list, just some popular starting points for you.