I'm looking at setting up a "home theatre system", but audio quality is of first importance. I've already chosen speakers (Magnepan MMG's), but need a quality receiver which can accept HDMI-in and ideally AirPlay. I already have peripherals like a Blu-Ray player and such so I don't want any all-in-one type receivers, and my price range is ~500 dollars (preferably closer to 400, but audio quality is once again the most important thing so I may be able to go up very slightly. Any suggestions? In terms of audio-only integrated amps I've looked at the NAD-C316BEE most of all, but I've been eyeing some Cambridge products.
Any suggestions? A high-fidelity HDMI converter may suit my needs, but I have no idea what one would look like or how to research them. I'm open to essentially anything which might work so long as it doesn't drive up the cost of the system too much.
Also, information on cables - no, I'm not going to go up to even kimber kables on a system as inexpensive as this, just wondering about maybe the Naim A5 vs DNM solid cores (biased towards the Naims simply because they don't look as bad, but won't be unreasonable if there's a significantly superior option) - and perhaps DACs, but those are a secondary subject.
Oh, by the way - stereo not surround. I'm not willing to sacrifice the audio quality necessary to remain in the same price range.