On the suggestion of this forum some years ago, I bought a Panasonic XR55. Paired with my Dana speakers, it sounds extraordinary. Unfortunately, it's started to emit an occasional squealing sound and may not be long for this world.
Is there a new favorite among economically-priced amps/receivers?
Some background: my sole audio device is a digital feed from an HTPC. My sole display device is a projector that's wired only to the HTPC. I have a 5.1 setup with Dana bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer with no particular desire for more speakers. The Dana's are around 87 w/db/m. Theater volume is about -17db on the receiver. The playback material is only ever PCM, DTS, or AC-3. Probably 75% of the time, I have it in two-channel stereo.
So I don't seem to need more power, HDMI inputs, or advanced features of any sort. The only thing I'd have liked to have seen on the XR55 are proper 5-channel surround and a crossover option under 80hz. If I could find another one, I'd buy it. All I really care about is an amp of equal quality. What would you recommend instead?