My Onkyo TX-NR807 has recently fallen to the dreaded (and apparently all too common) busted HDMI board. Fortunately, I have been able to arrange for out of warranty repair from Onkyo. However, this has brought me to a certain crossroads with my home theater setup. I am extremely frustrated with the quality and longevity of my recent AVRs. I previously owned an HK in the early 2000s that lasted only a couple of years, followed by an Onkyo 805 that only lasted two years, followed by this recent 807 problem after 3 years.
Essentially, I'd like to get some advice on where to go from here. I've been considering replacing the 807 with such receivers as the Marantz SR7007, NAD T 757, Pioneer Elite SC-68, Anthem MRX 700, Yamaha RX-A3020, etc. Basically something in the $1500-2500 range. Thought being better performance and better longevity/quality. I will not buy another Onkyo/Integra product.
My modest speaker system is made up of Athena AS-F2's (front), AS-C1 (center), AS-B2's (surround), and AS-IW6's (surround back). Subwoofer is an HSU Research VTF3 MKII. Main usage is home theater/video games. I'm pretty happy with music performance although the system doesn't have as much "punch" as I would like (dynamic range??).
Thanks for helping a novice out!
(1) Will I hear a noticeable performance increase going to a AVR in the $1500-2500 range, given my speaker system? Or should I stick with the 807 (until it breaks again, and stay in that "class" of AVR)?
(2) The AS-F2's are rated to handle 250W of power. Is it possible to connect all other speakers to the 807's speaker terminals, and use its pre-outs to connect a higher powered amp to power the AS-F2s? If so, would this perhaps increase performance?
(3) Would it be beneficial to go to separates for the entire system? What kind of price tag would that come with for a 7 speaker system (of course looking for increased performance from what I've got)?