Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Chicago Heights, IL
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Having owned many receivers, I would go with Denon in almost all cases. Denon X1500 of your choices.
To be honest with you, unless you up your budget to about $400-500, you may not be 100% pleased with any of your choices.
-Sony STR-DN1080 $448 (This is one I would recommend easily, but the auto setup is kind of lame. Yet bang for buck and audio quality is amazing)
-Onkyo TX-RZ820 $399 (slightly better and more expensive than your choices)
-Denon X3500 $550 (I own this one currently, HIGHLY recommend if you can swing it!)
-Pioneer VSX-LX503 $550 (9.2 channel, pre outs, decked out, and sounds amazing. Maybe the best one here for audio quality)
Check Accessories4less.com or Amazon. These prices are current Amazon prices.
I have found that most models under $500 are underwhelming, better to save another $100 or 200 and get a better quality receiver (more power, better room correction, more features, all around better).
As for Ethernet, Firmware updates, streaming, (usually Bluetooth), internet radio. Depends on the receiver how involved and feature-rich the network connection is.
I hope this helps.