Re: IS IT HYPE FOR RECEIVERS OVER $1000
I just went through that process last week. Looked at the Denon, Pioneer, Onkyo, Harman Kardon and decided that the Yamaha Rx 3800 was for me. I spent a ton of hours researching and also found out for the most part a receiver from each manufacturer has a matching receiver from another manufacturer. For instance the yamaha 3800 matches up pretty closely to the Denon 3808, which matches up pretty closely to the Onkyo SR875 etc.
Of course they don't match up exactly but the differences were so minor that there was no compelling reason to choose one over the other.
I'd pick a price point that was comfortable and then go to the store that you like the best and buy the brand that they are selling. Service is important if needed.