There is a huge selection of brands to choose from, all of which have their proponents and detractors. It would help if you could iron out a few variables for us, so we can know what kind of pitch we're dealing with. For example, help us with the size of the room, the speakers you will use, the DVD player, the proposed budget for the receiver. If you give us a few clues in terms of this environment then we can help you with some recommendations. If you have not chosen speakers and DVD player, just say so since then we can recommend combinations which we know work well.
Berny and Frank i know what you guys are talkin bout but however depending on the budget i think that rotel makes one of the best recievers no matter what it is hooked up to or what the size of the room is
My budget is $400-700Cdn. I have Yamaha floor standing fronts, polk audio centre,JBL rears and a 10" sub. DVD player is JVC. Mid-Large size room. I have a JVC receiver that is 4 years old and am looking to upgrade. I want a reciever that has 7.1 surround. (will buy a another set of speakers later.)
Anonymous: I recently had the same problem, except I had to get a new one my old one died. After spending countless hours agonizing what I wanted and asking for advice here I settled on a HK 430, cost me around 850, really happy with it. But in your range (which was the range I started in) I really liked the Denon 1905. The best thing to do is just go down and check them out. I may get beaten here because honestly I am assuming that 7 channel means 7.1 surround if I am wrong please someone tell me. But I would warn you now that most DVD's are 5.1, and as I understood it "Only The Lord OF the Rings" has been filmed in 6.1 surround, and let me tell you there are some really nice 6.1 recievers in that price range.
Austin Powers in Goldmember is 6.1 as well. And i want the 7.1 so i'm ready for the future.
BTW, you 'can' play back 5.1DD movies in 7.1 surround and I wouldnt let the fact that many are recorded in 5.1 hold you back.
That's the whole purpose of the high tech processors on the new HT receivers!!!!. It's do decode sound into 7.1 sound regardless of the source. BTW, they also do a great job decoding 2 channel stereo TV sources into 7.1 format too. And trust me, once you listen in 7.1, you'll wonder how you ever did without. Today I watched the nascar race in HD and 7.1 surround.........WOW!! Im no nascar fan either, but it was a pretty cool experience. Golf was rained out, so I watched the car race instead."laugh"
If anyone is considering using back effects, you might as well set it up in 7.1 if your room will allow for that application. Why sell yourself short, right?