He can spend $500 less and get sound just as good. This is for a 2.0 bedroom setup with bookshelves. Going separates for this use is EXTREME overkill. I'm sure Delta, that even you know that electronics are on the lesser side of importance compared to room treatments and speakers. What are you going to say next, tell him to bi-amp?
Roman: The other guy a few posts up had a great idea about taking your speakers to a good store to demo some different setups. There are several people on here trying to help by giving options with different brands, features, etc, while explaining the reasons. There is also another poster on here who blindingly pushes one brand, and says things that well...make zero sense.
Another thing you can do is order the Emo setup, and either borrow or buy a receiver. Test them out and keep the one you prefer. Return shipping wouldn't cost much. Also, Emotiva has their summer sale around July with usually bigger discounts.
It's these cans! He hates these cans!