I currently have a Onkyo TX-SR875 that I'm using as a preamp to a 7 channel amp. I'm considering upgrading to something a little higher end. I'm leaning towards a Integra DHC-80.2. It looks like it's probably the highest quality unit with a good feature set in my price range. Audyssey MultiEQ Xt32 being one of the features attracting me to upgrade in the first place.
However, 1 things bothers me about it... it doesn't pass 4k, and though no 4k source exists now, If i'm buying a processor, it would be nice if it was future-proof. My research indicates the 80.3 doesn't pass it either, even though it upscales. currently, only the Marantz AV8801 does it, but that's way outside my budget.
I noticed all the new Onkyo Receivers have the newest bells and whistles, XT32, and 4K support... with a pricetag of half that of an Intengra.
So here's my question: Is there a quality loss from using a top-level Onkyo Receiver as a pre-amp VS a true Processor? Would I be better off saving some money, losing the 'prestige' of an integra, but gaining all the latest features/4K support for the future?