Processor vs Receiver Noob Question
I've been enjoying high end audio for so many years now and yet here I am with a super noob question. Guess I've never ventured down this path.
I currently have a 5 channel setup, no sub. Three Paradigm Studio's up front (S100 v.3 L/R) powered by an Anthem MCA-30. In back I have two Polk Audio RC85i in-wall speakers for surround that are powered by a Cambridge Audio Azur 540R receiver's integrated power. I'm ready to replace the receiver (considering a Yamaha RX-A860BL), but wondering if I should go with the same type of setup, or instead get a nice processor and an adequate 2-channel amp to power the surrounds since my power up front is already taken care of. Is that even a thing? My budget is $1k and the Yamaha RX-A860BL would solve the problem, but I'm wondering if there is a wiser solution. Other gear includes Oppo BDP-95 and Nvidia Shield TV. I don't know much about processors.
I once was lucky to own an Underwood High-Fi modded Denon DVD Player that made SACD's sound ridiculous but the last time I spoke with him he really emphasized that now it's all about the DAC. Based on what I've read I think I prefer the sound of Burr-Brown vs
Sabre, if that helps at all!
Thanks for the insight!