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there is zero question that the 5700 has a much, much stronger amp section than a new, entry/mid-level AVR like the 891. But, at typical "real world" listening volumes, the major advances in DSP processing, especially Audyssey MultEQ and Dynamic EQ/Volume, will probably yield a superior overall listening experience.
if you were running those speakers in a large, dedicated home theater at reference volumes, I would say stick with the 5700 or consider a higher-end model like the upcoming 4311... but at typical "living room volumes" you will probably be fine.
if you are a critical listener, you may want to consider stepping up $200 in msrp to the 991 model. The critical addition here is MultEQ XT, which will add that last bit of extra polish to the room acoustic correction. Stepping up another $200 to the 3311 gets you pre-outs (in case you do want to add external amps), dual HDMI outputs, and 3 zone support.
Do not expect major increases in sound quality moving up the line.... not that they don't sound better as you move up, just that it will be more subtle... but definitely appreciable to a critical listener with nice speakers (which you have).