Worked for Magnolia for a bit and got to compare all their AVRs using B&W 804 D3s. If you’re looking for neutral and the most transparent sound I’d recommend Yamaha, and if you find your speakers a little bright or would like to add some tonal richness go with Marantz. Either way, by all means find your way to Accessories4less.com and save a bundle — both the Yammy RX-A880 and Marantz 5014 are available for $799 with free shipping. IME Yamaha has proven to be the most reliable of all the mid-fi brands if that’s a concern. The Anthem MRX520 would be a significant step up from both (if you only need 5.1) but costs $1399, which may not be worth it given your application. Hope this helps, and best of luck in your search.