I'm curious. What makes you feel you need a high powered system?
Keep in mind the word 'streaming' can mean different things. Regardless, you are nearly always better off with a wired connection, especially when issues like audio delay/stuttering or bandwidth are concerned. Not to mention the basic one of sound/picture quality. Don't let lack of wifi be the deal breaker. There are better ways to network such a setup.
Nearly all receivers with an 'Aux in' port in back/front can accept output from an MP3 player. A simple 'Y' connector from radio shack permits this connectivity. It won't generally sound as good however as going direct digital via an iPod dock connector- that's the biggest advantage.
Also try to find a receiver that supports HDMI 1.4. Look again at Denon, Onkyo, Pioneer & Sony for those features.
Hi---I'm looking around for a new receiver after a long time, and boy has the market changed!
I don't have a lot of needs on wattage.
I DO have some issues.
First, I'd like something with a jack so that I can hook up an MP3 player. At the moment, I use a Treo, but have an adapter to make it a standard plug. BUT I don't want something compatible with and only with an iPod which I have no intention of buying.
Second, I was almost ready to pull the trigger on a Denon and then saw that they were now talking about streaming! I was looking also at some DVD players that have wireless (wi-fi) access, and I didn't realize you could do that with a receiver too. If I'm interpreting that correctly, that's a nice feature that I'd like to have. The Denon I was looking for required ethernet, no wi-fi. Deal breaker.
Finally, the way things are going, I think myself that 3d is the future. I want something is at least 3D compatible. Even though I haven't got it at the moment.....
In terms of price, I'd prefer to keep it under $500
So, that said, any advice, suggestions, comments?