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I suspect a Denon or Marantz AVR or pre would be better. It seems that you are quite disappointed in the UMC, compared to the Onkyo.
Although I don't think you can get a pre/pro for under $1500, so you are looking for an AVR w/preouts.
Since you are using the same speakers as before, the difference in the sound is clearly not their problem, even though you seem also wanting to upgrade them.
Its basically, take your pick as to which you upgrade first...as it sounds like you want to do both.
Custom, one of a kind pair, MJC212 mains, mod PT800 center, PT800 surrounds, SUB1500s. Parasound P7, Citation 19, Parasound HCA2205A, HK AVR3600, Marantz TT, Denon disc player, MacBook Pro w/ DragonFly usbDAC.