Well I just went thru this myself so here goes,
1. What is your budget, limited means different things to different people
3. My top pics were,
Denon AVR 3808ci
All around $1600-$1700
All have at least 4 HDMI inputs (Sony has 6) & plenty of power.
My choice was the Denon, for me they are all very close in specs but the Denon is firmware upgradeable, my experience with firmware upgrades on my PS3 showed me how important that can be.
There is always some wiggle room on price with electronics, the Denon had only been out a few weeks & I got mine for $1450.
Also with the Denon go to a higher end shop who does installs, there are menus & Maintenance that can be done online but stores like Best Buy will not support this function where a custom shop can.