Receiver for my Athena speakers


I have the following speaker setup:

Athena AS-F2
Athena AS-B1
Athena AS-C1
Athena PS400

I am looking to buy a new receiver. It will be used primarily for movies. I am willing to spend up to $500. I have read about the Kenwood VR-8070 and the Pioneer VSX-1014 and both seem to be a lot of 'bang for your buck' and both are THX Select certified.

Which should I get? Are there other receivers in that price range I should be considering?

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Username: Sinkdrain

Post Number: 116
Registered: Aug-04
Harman Kardon really brings out the best of the Athena speakers. The warm H/K balances nicely with the bright and detailed Athenas. I also liked the Pioneer Elite but not as much.

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I'd go for the Pioneer. Personally, I've had bad experience with H/K quality.

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Username: Riches1

Atlanta, GA US

Post Number: 150
Registered: Apr-04
The only problem I ever had with my 2 H/k's was overheating and then freezing up due to inadequate ventilation. The H/K would be a very good sonic match for Athena.

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Username: Sause

Post Number: 26
Registered: Oct-04
As I say on almost every post it really depends on you taste in audio. I'm the type of guy who turns up the treble a little in his car, I like a more detailed sound over a more bassy sound. The pioneer is a great receiver. The H/K isn't bad but for the money the Pioneer IMO is the better buy.

Thanks for all the input so far. One more option to throw out there...

How about the Marantz SR4500?
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