Thank's everyone for all your input. It is much appreciated.
Let me ramble on a bit about my situation and what I'm attempting to do.
I have another home in the Philippines that has a moderate 2-channel audio system cosisting of an Onkyo A-9555 integrated amp, a Pioneer CD player and a set of Mission (UK) speakers. I was very happy with the modestly priced 100 w/ch Onkyo amp, so that's kinda why I am now considering buying another Onkyo amp for this new house I am buying here in Florida (I haven't bought any audio equipment yet).
I wanted to buy another Onkyo A-9555, but unfortunatly that model has been discontinued.
Then I found out that Onkyo was to be introducing a new model of integrated amp very soon. It's a pricey $1,200 model called the A-9070. Well I called Onkyo USA a couple of days ago, and they told me that the A-9070 will not
be sold here in the US. It is available in Europe however. Seems like Onkyo is convinced that Americans only watch movies and buy Home Theater Recievers, and could care less about 2-channel audio ... oh well
To tell you the truth, all I ever used the 2-channel audio system in the Philippines was to play MP3 CDs. There was just not a good selection of regular music CDs for sale over there. Most CDs being sold were just Chinese pirated stuff of very poor audio quality. There was no XM Radio. Streaming audio was worthless due to the slow speed of the internet in the Philippines ... and, no Squeezebox for sale anywhere. So, for me, about my only option was to download MP3 songs off Limewire and burn them to CD. Of course, that was until the US government shut down Limewire.
So, now I am in the US, but I have no knowledge of how a Squeezebox works, or how to play music I have stored on my laptop to play on a 2-channel audio system, or how to listen to streaming music, or how to use Pandora and Rhapsody.
Since all these new technologies are now being used in home audio systems, I guess I need to get something more than just a CD player hooked up to an amp. I was happy with my MP3 CDs, but even though it sounded good to my ears, I guess there is much better ways to achieve higher quality sound.
So, that's why I was thinking about this Onkyo TX-8050 Network Stereo Reciever. To me, I was assuming it was basically an integrated amp and a Squeezebox all rolled up into 1 component ... No need to buy an amp and a Squeezebox unit.
Now, as for using me wanting to buy a pair of separate power amps ... well, that 100 w/ch integrated amp I have in the Philippines was ok, but I always felt I needed a little more power. So, since the size of the listening room I have in the Philippines is basically about the same size as the new house I'm buying here in the US, I thought that connecting this Onkyo TX-8050 Reciever to a pair of Onkyo power amps might be a good idea. And the Onkyo M-282 power amps are cheap at $200 a piece.
However, I am questioning the quality of the Onkyo 100 w/ch M-282 amp. At a price of $200 for a 100 watt amp, I am thinking it might not have that great of sound?
Anyway ... Sorry for the long-winded explanation here. I just wanted to tell you my situation.
Again, I don't have a clue about all these new formats of digital audio ... but I think it's time for me to go a little further than homemade MP3 CDs with 60s era classic rock and old-time country songs.
Anyone else besides me like Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys?