Thanks all for your time and replies
Does sticking with the basic AVR affects the quality of sound in any ways, In particular to the speaker set i m planning to purchase?
If so is the difference large enough to notice? I dont want LOUD sounding speakers to blow the house off just a set which can play music with nice quality.
Some brands use better DSP chips (the chip that seperates the sound into the 5/7 channels etc.), better room correction (Standard MCACC vs. Advanced MCACC in Pioneers for example), a bigger power supply, better DAC's (digital to analog converter), etc. in their mid and upper priced receivers so there may be some increase in sound quality as you go up in price. Some, like H/K, seem to use more of the good stuff in their lower end receivers.
Matching the receivers ohm rating to that of the speakers is more important than worrying about power ratings. The speakers SPL should also be concidered. Those M-Lore speakers are 8 ohms (so they will work with any receiver and have a 95 db SPL (sound pressure level) which is pretty high (88-90 being average) so they shouldn't require too much power to play fairly loud (and clear). An entry level-$500 receiver like the 6xx onkyo's, 19xx/21xx Denons, 5xx/6xx Yamaha's, 10xx/11xx Pioneers, etc. should be more than strong enough. But the guys at Tekton would know better than I would.
Since so much of the budget is allocated to speakers (a good thing) a pre-pro/amp combo is out of budget so unless you need the greatest and latest, I'd suggest a factory refurbished receiver like the 2 year old Onkyo 709
or 3 year old Denon 3310
or something new like the Onkyo 616, Pioneer 1023, Yamaha 575.Go to the full post