Hi all, Well after many years on the sidelines it is finally time to get back in the game and upgrade my AV receiver. I bought my last unit over 20 years ago (Yamaha RX-830) and it has served me well. At the time I was young, single and looking for a decent receiver that would last me for a while so I guess I did OK. When the Yamaha's LCD display finally went recently though, I knew - the time had come. I would have loved to upgrade even sooner, but I added a wife and 5 kids to the 'home entertainment" mix since then, so I've been on a sort of self-imposed audiophile exile (don't look, don't buy). I know a lot has changed since my last purchase, and I have been reading/researching like crazy to get caught up. I'd love nothing more than to splurge on some of the really cool stuff I am seeing, but with the family still a big priority, the budget won't allow it. The sad reality is I will only have about $200-$400 to spend on a "new" receiver (and you can probably guess which number the wife likes best ). So, given that, I am trying to decide between something lower-end new vs. higher-end used to give me the best av bang for the buck. Brands I'm looking at from what I've read so far - Pioneer, Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo (and one Sony). Here are examples of some models I think I can get in that price range - New Sony STR-DN1030 Denon AVR-1913 Pioneer VSX-1122 Onkyo NR-616 Used Denon AVR-2312CI or 3808CI Pioneer Elite (various models) Yamaha RX-V671 On the low end of my price range I was also looking at the following models - Yamaha RX-V1800 Denon AVR-1912 Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K Onkyo NR-609 Personally I care most about music and audio quality, but video/home theater is also important with 5 kids. We have a large variety of wireless devices (Iphone, Ipods, Android tablets and smart phones) so streaming and the ability to use these to control the unit is a big plus. Spotify is currently used by everyone, so native support for this would also be cool (but not required). Other features I care about include HDMI connectivity and video up-conversion (for some of our older devices), and multi-zone capability (I have speakers in several locations indoors and out). I know this is a wide-open target, but I'd love to hear what you think on this subject and any specific recommendations you might have on the models above (or others for that matter). No telling how long this next one will need to last me, so I need all the help I can get! Thanks for listening! Sincerely, Dave H.