I'm after a little bit of advice. I've spent the last couple of years rebuilding my system in an attempt to streamline things based on my usage. On the home cinema side of things, I have and Onkyo TX-SR875 hooked up to 4 Monitor Audio BR1s, MA BR Centre and a B&W ASW608 Sub.
I'm happy with the sound quality. I live on the upper floor of a maisonette and I like to keep the neighbours sweet so my speakers never get driven hard (even though I know the BR range is quite power hungry). The Onkyo has over time become a bit overkill for my system but in a good way. I paid £600 for it when I bought it new over 5 years ago and it's still going strong.
There are a couple of things that have started to annoy me though. Although I like the sound quality, the 875 is a beast and is a very tight squeeze in my current AV stand. Also, it doesn't play completely nicely with my Panasonic BDT310. Due to some kind of HDMI handshake issue which neither Onkyo or Panny seemed to be prepared to sort out, I have to manually switch the HDMI Monitor out function on and off when switching to a HDMI input where I want to pass through picture.
I've noticed that a lot of last year's best £450-600 midrange receivers have started dropping to £250-300 to make way for the new upcoming models so the crux of what I'm asking is whether any of these - specifically the Denon AVR 2113, Pioneer VSX 922, Sony STR DN1030, is going to give me comparable performance while giving me the bonus of all the other extra features that you now get that I'd find really useful - HDMI v1.4+3D Passthrough, DLNA, Internet Radio, Apple Airplay, iOS remote apps etc?
Getting the best sound quality out of what I have is still the most important thing but if I can get comparable sound plus all the extra features for not much outlay (I can still get a decent second hand price on the Onkyo as it's in great condition), it's something I might seriously consider.
Sorry for the long post. Hope it makes sense.