Yeah, I know, I should know this crap but I haven't been into HT for the past 3 years or so. I'm going to be getting a complete HT set and need to know which receiver will give me the best performance. I will only use 5.1 because the room will not allow a center surround. I'll probably just get something that's above the entry level model because I want to keep the cost low. I don't need pre outs.
The speakers I plan to use are Polk Monitor30 for fronts and surrounds with a CS1 center. I'm still thinking about Klipsch RB-15 and Paradigm Atom.
Which of these brands will give me the best dynamic range? I don't care for fancy surround modes but would like PLII music mode just for fun. From experience, I felt HK provided the most dynamic presentation but don't know which brand today will give me that.