Almost forgot to mention my all-time favorite from among modestly priced 5 channel receivers: TECHNICS SADX 940-1070. I had a 940 (picked it up to hold me over until nOhr monoblocks arrived). Used it only in 2 channel, and in combo with my M3s and an 8" velodyne this system just knocked my socks off. Beautiful, sweet musicality!
I gave away the Technics, it's now set up in home theater mode (5x100 watts) Merak MC6H center, AR Sequel fronts, Mission 77ds backs, BIC sub and sounds just GREAT!
These Technics have been discontinued and can be had for less than $200USD. If you find one, grab it!!! You won't be sorry. It blew away my expensive Harman Kardon AVR65 and is comparable to my Sony STRDB 1070. (less slam but more musicality)
Gonna take my meds and nap for a while now.
Enjoy the Music. Trust your ears. Laugh at Folks Who Claim to Know it All.