I'm brand new to this forum and apologize if my question is too basic or incomplete. I'm trying to upgrade an existing rather low-end HT system and find that my research choices are limited to rather useless sales people at local big-box stores or high-end audio people who turn their noses up when all I want is a receiver and some install help (I've had 2 come out, and never respond with the estimate they promised). Essentially I think I need to upgrade from my Denon AVR1602 to something with separate audio output channels to drive additional speakers in my dining room and outside patio. Right now the dining room sound has to be cranked up to 75% or more to be heard. The outside speakers have not yet been installed. I also find that the 1602 (or at least the way my "pro" hooked it up) feeds to my family room SubWoofer 100% of the time (even when the A/B switch is off for A). I mean that the 5 Family room speakers (A) do not emit sound when I'm on B only (dining room), but the SW DOES. A friend has recently purchased a Denon AVR-3805, loves it, and says it is just what I need. But that's quite a jump (something like 3x the price). My question (other than anything else can be explained about the above situation) is whether there are reasonably good alternative receivers, at lower price points, that will resolve these issues. Thanks for any help.