Re: Home Theater receivers?
Nowadays anything not sold in a kit is good. What i think is the most important thing for you Jim is finding one with ample inputs/outputs, especially component and HDMI so that all video/audio switching can occur there and only there. that greatly simplifies use.
IMPORTANT - TV/video will it feed and what components will plug into it (dvd, cablebox, hdtv/sd?, etc.)
in the past most quality receivers lacked enough proper inputs (video, then s-video along with matching digital audio, then component now HDMI) so that it's a real PITA. You want to have all the components outputting the same video signal to avoid switching the TV input, switching the receiver input and hoping to remember which is what. Of the brands i'd look to avoid Sony and Yamaha and look first at Onkyo & Denon myself. the KISS theory applies more than ever here... glen