I second the Anthem
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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.
Even if those units are new , It won’t take much time , that there will
be other receivers with newer audio formats ( Auro 3D v2 , DTS X pro ) , etc .
You may be tempted to change for the new flaver of the month.
If it is your style, buy a brand that is easy to sell .
But why buying those receivers if you do not go the ´´ height speakers ´´ game : Dolby Atmos , DTS X , Auro 3D .
You pay for things you will not use.
If you only go the 5.1 speakers layout , think about Denon AVR-S650H or a Yamaha RX-V385 etc .