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Let's take for instance the run of the mill $600 receiver....
When you are buying a SSP, a 7 channel amplifier and a HDMI switcher... all for $600, if the SSP part was worth $100, the HDMI switch $50 and the each amp channel $45, you understand why most of what Onkyo and other manufacturers of cheap receivers are up against. No owner they sound bad, are finicky, and are typically slick looking garbage... and those are MSRP prices! IF I had a $600 receiver running my system, I would expect poor performance. 8 amp channels in a metal box with a SSP?? Heat is the enemy of all electronics. No wonder so many have repair issues with receivers compared with SSPS and outboard amps.
The idea of buying low cost separates (particularly on the used market), though a bit more money than your receiver, give you so much more power, performance and flexibility.
Receivers are the cheapest way to get into HT. They represent a goal of the manufacturers to get the cheapest possible parts into a box.. they are a great start but not what you want if you're after performance and reliability (unless you get into the Elite line of receivers from various manufacturers).
There are more than a handful of [op amps] that sound so good that most designers want to be using them as opposed to discreet transistors. Dave Reich, Theta 2009