Best "Basic" receiver?
I currently have a Pioneer Elite SC-07 that I need to upgrade from. I found that I hardly used any of the inputs or features of this receiver, and am looking to replace it with a much more "basic" unit. The reason for my upgrade is due to the fact that I need to be able to run a 4K / HDR signal through the receiver to the TV, as well as I need ARC for when streaming directly from the TV.
My question is, what would be the best "Basic" receiver for less than $500 ($200-$300 is the sweet spot) given my requirements...
5.1 Audio (I will never go more in this particular room)
4K / HDR video signals must be passed through the receiver to the TV from items like PS4 Pro, Roku 4K, etc.
I'd like a bluetooth option to play music from my phone for simplicity, but not required
All my devices are HDMI, so no composite is needed, however if it does have composite id like the ability for it to convert the signal to HDMI in order to send it up to the TV if needed
* I see Atmos all over now... Honestly, 99.9% of my content is streaming from Netflix and video games, so not convinced I really need Atmos here. I am building a theater next yr in the basement where I plan to go all out, so don't need to spend a lot in this room.
Front - Polk Monitor 75T
Rear - Polk RM7000
Center - Polk CS2
Some receivers I have found online are the following
There are just so many budget options out there, my head spins and I can't trust best buy reviews, etc. Hoping you guys can help me out.. .again.
Edit: Another thing I don't quite grasp is the Ohms. Currently I feel like my setup doesn't get loud enough with the SC07 and Monitor 75T's. They are both rated for 8 Ohms. If I buy a 6 Ohm receiver and use my 8 Ohm speakers, will I cause damage on either end? I found a new runner up in the Sony STR-DN1080 if I can get it for slightly lower than its current asking price.
Last edited by askeptic; 10-27-2018 at 02:46 PM.