Okay, here's the sitch... Got the Mrs a new TV for Xmas last year, a 60" flat screen to replace the failing projection TV we got as a housewarming present in 1999 when we moved into the house. For our anniversary, I picked up a surround sound system and Blu-Ray player. I didn't realize it, but the surround sound system only works for the Blu-Ray player. We need a home theater receiver, and the Mrs. has put that at the top of her Christmas list.
Now, I know next-to-nothing about home theater systems. I don't watch television, so as far as I'm concerned this is done - we can watch movies on the big screen with movie theater quality sound. Life is good - in fact, the last movie we watched ("Sherlock Holmes" if you must know) we could actually discern the "direction" of the action based on how the sound was mixed across the seven speakers! A quick look at receivers tells me that you can spend anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to MY G-D ARE YOU KIDDING ME I HAD CARS THAT WEREN'T THAT MUCH.
Anyone have any recommendations for a decent middle-of-the-road receiver? Speakertweaker, I'm looking at yooouu... I'm not looking to spend a ton of money, but I don't mind spending a little more to get a quality product. I'm not looking for sound quality that's going to put Showcase Cinemas to shame, but is better than what's popping out of the TV. Basically, just something that can connect the flat screen TV to the Samsung surround sound system with relatively ease...
That is all.