I have had both a pioneer and sansui receiver. If I was buying one today: NAD. VERY few receivers will sound as good as a decent tuner,pre-amp, power amp combo. With a receiver, if anything goes wrong with the (1) tuner (2) pre-amp (3)power amp; the whole thing goes to the shop. To be blunt, the sound quality difference between pioneer, sansui, marantz, yamaha, lux, sony, etc.,is just not worth the effort to shop and compare. Get around 100 watts/8 ohms, don't get features you will not use and remember the re-sale value of a receiver is not much. However; a receiver is better than any boombox or ipod. Everyone I know who put together their first sound system, started with a receiver. I got my Pioneer 626 in 1971. It still works. The only inputs were tape and vinyl. Now I have a tube pre and a class d power amp with cd input. Home audio is the never ending search for better sound. The only two (BIG) problems are technological limits and money. I do think NAD is a good choice, but I am sure there are others with other opinions. Good luck and enjoy the music.
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