I recently purchased, 5 days ago a Yamaha rx-a3030 and I am impressed so far, but have an opportunity to trade in, only pay the difference on a Yamaha cx-5000 pre-amp. When I purchased the 3030 I took my Aragon 8008x5 amp in to see if it could be repaired, I haven't used it since 2009, I used a B & K for the sides. The 3030 souinds considerable better than the Onkyo.
Well the Aragon was easily repaired only $85.00 to repair it, I used it with my system for a few years with a Sunfire Theate Grand II processor, it worked well. In 2009 I changed to an Onlyo tx-nr5009 and used it until now, was never really impressed, it was ok.
My speaker setup now and then:
B & W Nautilus 805's, fronts
B & W Nautilus HTM1 center
B & W CDM1SE's rears
Altec Lansing ATH 2100 presence Speakers
Velodine F1500R subwoofer
Would I gain enough by changing to the cx-a5000 and using the Aragon and B & K amps to justify the cost? I understand that this question is subjective.
Any help would be appreciated.