Are you using a blu ray player also as your audio source? If so, consider the Onkyo 8270, with hdmi inputs. 499 bucks/ 100 wpc. The 8020 is only 50 wpc, You'll appreciate the extra headroom in 100 wpc.
Did you get rid of the NHT 2.9s? What speakers where in your dedicated video system? I'd have been tempted to keep the integrated, get rid of the video system entirely and keep the 2.9s and the integrated. I'm perfectly happy with 2.0 (or in your case 2.1) for movies.
Another option that sounds pretty cool, but I don't see it on the Yamaha US site yet is the new r-n803 stereo receiver. They claim it's the first stereo component with room correction. (They are actually wrong, cambridge audio has one, anthem has an integrated, and Lyngdorf, all have 2 channel integrateds or receivers with room correction.) The yamaha is a 100 wpc stereo receiver, 4 ohm capable, with ypao room correction. Unfortunately no hdmi. I was on the yamaha site and was going to send them an email asking when this was coming to the us. but apparently you need an account to log in to send to 'contact us'. The receiver is on canada's web site. I suspect it will be upwards from 500 though.
It's hard to judge without knowing which speakers you kept and how many, and what other equipment you are using. On another note, I'm surprised you can't get the 1612 to sound ok with both inputs. I used to use a denon 3311ci, that sounded respectable, although I've since upgraded to an anthem product that blows it away. You should be able to set up the denon with video going to one input and audio going to another (even if they use the same input, like hdmi). You can then tailor the different inputs to your liking and switching between stereo music and video should be as simple as switching inputs. I used to do that with my denon.
Last edited by glangford; 09-14-2017 at 04:59 AM.