I am in the process of buying a new receiver for my home theater setup. I will be using the Aperion 5.1 Home Theater speaker system with a 10" sub. I have narrowed my choices to 4 receivers: HK AVR630 Onkyo SR701 Yamaha V1400 Pioneer VSX 1014 I have demo'd all of these receivers except the Pioneer. I am leaning toward the HK AVR630 because it had a warmer more musical sound than the Onkyo or Yamaha. I will be using the receiver for about 60% movies 40% music. I have read the specs on the Pioneer and it seems to offer the most bang for the buck. Any feedback or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Between the Pioneer and the HK, both would be good choices. For overall fullness of sound I would give the edge to the HK. If you are comparing features, don't forget to look at the remotes. One may seem more comfortable or easier to navigate with.
Also consider Kenwood Sovereign line...I demo'd the Pioneer and the Onkyo and found the Kenwood to equal or better the sound of those receivers. It also is 5 x 120 watts all channels driven and THX Ultra certified. The remote is awesome as well, both ir and rf. This is a highly customizable receiver with a slight warm sound sound similar to the H/K. You can pick up a VR5700 at www.ecost.com for $480 (re-conditioned). At that price you save a buck or two towards other gear.
If Kenwood is not your choice I would go with the H/K