I'm looking for a budget receiver for Home Theater. I currently own a YAMAHA model that's about 10 years old, and has no HDMI inputs.
5.1 speakers set up.
All the newest sound formats for Blu Ray; TrueHD and all that.
3 HDMI inputs minimum.
Able to pass 3D bluray onto TV.
USB for iOS would be nice.
After those barebones requirements are met, I just want the best sound I can get for movies; clear dialogue, and punch for blow-em-up scenes. I really don't care how music comes across. I'm currently in a very small family room (12x20), but I do want to be prepared for a (slightly) larger space in case we move.
The DENON AVR1513 looks like a really good buy for me. $250 would be right on target pricewise, but I'm worried about the punch factor. I realize that a watt doesn't necessarily mean better, or even louder, but my old guy is rated at 110w per channel, and it meets my needs in the power dept. A drop to 75w @ 8ohm seems like it could translate to a significantly different experience.
I'm curious to know if I can expect better sound with the new sound formats than I was getting from DD5.1 or DTS? And can I expect better sound quality simply for the fact that it's been 10 years and techonology has advanced?
There ain't no way I'm going to be able to get out to test any of these devices, as if 'testing' them in a store was going to be of any help anyway, so I'm going entirely on any advice I can gather here. Thanks!