From what I can tell, if you're OK with a 7 channel receiver, then you can go a lot less expensive, especially if you're willing to go refurb. for example, This Denon is only $250. As you look through them, make sure anything you consider has Atmos and DTDS:X. Some of the ones they offer are older and don't have that. If you want a 9 channel receiver, then it appears that $750 is about your minimum, and that's for a refurb. Marantz refurbs are a really good deal. The 7 channel SR5012 is $500, and the 9 channel SR6012 is $750. The 9 channel Denons I saw were about the same price, in which case I'd go Marantz.