Well it looks like this thread will only make your life harder...
Pros and cons of different brands can be found elsewhere on this site + on other audio visual dedicated sites (avsforum.com etc).
In NZ many buy on price as there's no easy way to A+B an AVR due to the room correction / number of speakers involved.
Basic guideline: -
I'd summarise by saying: If you buy an AVR without getting driving instructions / playing with the remote / GUI / app, then be prepared for some frustration... go into a retailer or get a loan unit sent to you, then you'll KNOW what it's like to live with.
Missing off the list is what I have just bought. An Anthem MRx250. 5 Channel is all I want, I don't want DSP crap, any streaming ill do via other devices.. Ditched my Yamaha RXV2500. Anthems Room Correction (ARC) is way better than Yammies YPAO!
I've used ARC on a few bits of kit and it's quite good, the app version seems problematic. But if you want proper room EQ built into an AVR, get yourself a new NAD or Arcam and play with Dirac Lite or Dirac Live (respectively). It makes ARC seem like a toy and puts everything else to shame. It's not a 5 minute setup whatsoever... it takes a long time and there's quite a bit of work to get it dialled, but it absolutely is the best software built into a receiver, when it comes to removing the room from the equation.
Modern 64-bit YPAO is a BIG step above the old version you had on your RXV2500 from 2004. Oddly enough, things have improved vastly.
Although, I will say debating room correction on-line is almost impossible as everyone has different rooms, speakers, amps, placement of mics etc etc. Some forums get users behaving in a manner far more heated than any rational human should...
I'm hoping to get a resolution for my onkyo sound/network/hdmi issue.
i bought the unit in 2012 and started having the issue this January.
the distributor is wanting proof of purchase.
I'll let you know how this works out if that helps.